Friday at Spa Francorchamps

Steve Keating was first out for the final practice session, his lap times improving greatly. Unfortunately though, half an hour into the session a GT car crashed out and red flags were shown, putting the session on pause. Five minutes later, the track re-opened, and John Hartshorne jumped in the seat of the Oreca 09 car. He managed to complete several laps, but again red flags were waved for yet another accident, and the eventful session was cut short by about a minute.

John Hartshorne said after practice: “I had a clean run in practice, there was no traffic so I could make the most of this wonderful circuit. I really enjoy coming to Spa, the location is fantastic and Eau rouge corner is a real challenge – such a rollacoaster!”

Qualifying later on in the afternoon proved the highlight of the weekend so far for the team:

Phil Keen set off with quick pace, immediately producing a 2min17secs time, before knocking off 3 seconds two laps later. It was with 6 minutes left however that came the lap everyone had hoped for: Phil took pole position with a 2min13,5sec lap, 9 tenths faster than the next Formula Le Mans car.

The team had made a good decision in sending the Oreca 09 out early in the session, for just after the pole position time was set, red flags were shown once again this weekend for incident involving an LMP2 car.

Everyone was in good spirits and satisfied at the team’s first pole position in Le Mans Series. “We’ve got our heads down and focused for the race”, commented Mike Sweeney, race engineer “We’re extremely pleased to have obtained pole, especially at Spa”.

The 1000km of Spa is due to start at 2pm on Saturday local time.

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