WEPOL Racing by penz13.com to start #24heuresMoto from P9
Le Mans, France. The WEPOL Racing by penz13.com team has qualified in ninth position for the second round of the 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship at the 24 hours of Le Mans. The race will start tomorrow, 21st of April at 15 o'clock with the checkered flag set to be waved on Sunday at the very same time.
During the free, night and qualifying practices, the squad of former racer Rico Penzkofer worked hard to be set up right for the race with not paying attention to the lap times in qualifying too much. Also the Saxonian team made a clever tire strategy and choice as those are limited for the whole weekend.
Fastest man of the team was British rider Michael Laverty, posting a 1:36.999 time being one of only four riders to go sub the 1.37 barrier. Team mate Christian Iddon set a 1:38,438 minutes but having been stuck in traffic on his time trail attempt. Danny Webb made it to a 1:37,683.
With that, the WEPOL Racing by penz13.com team qualified in a average best time of 1:37,706 minutes on P9 of the grid for tomorrow's legendary 24 hours race. On pole position – held by SRC Kawasaki – the average best time was only 0,760 seconds adrift.
Also on site was Marek Cerveny as a reserve rider, qualifying for the race if he would eventually be needed. "I am happy to be able to be part of this team here this week and it is a very good experience for me. There are so many good riders around here on track an this is very great. A big thank you goes out to the whole WEPOL Racing by penz13.com team for this opportunity."
I’m happy with the work we have done so far, the Wepol Racing by penz13.com are working well, they have adapted the bike to suit all 3 riders and we are all able to run a similar consistent pace for the race. I was satisfied to dip into the 36s in qualifying and I’m looking forward to the race ahead.
I am quite happy about qualifying. The team has dona a very nice job and Michael and Danny have shown great speed. I wasn't so fast as I would have liked in qualifying, but we have saved some extra for the race so I am very confident we can do a great job.
This week has had his fair share of ups and downs and I am sorry for my little crash I had this week. Luckily I wasn't injured and the boys gelled the bike together again. We had some small problems but could solve them all and now we are looking strong for the race which I hope to finish in a good position – all the team deserves that.
We have done a great job this week. As always we were not concerned about a one lap time speed, but about our race pace and for that we have done all we've needed. We also made a clever tire strategy during those qualifying sessions so we have something in the back hand and in spare for the race. It will be hard as no one expected those hot temperatures so we need to be able to react on the conditions. I think we are well set for the race tomorrow, so Le Mans 24 hours – bring it on.