ILMC: Zhuhai JaguarRSR qualifying report


ZHUHAI, China (November 6, 2010) – JaguarRSR is ready to take on the 1000km of Zhuhai challenge tomorrow after qualifying 7th in the GT2 class in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in China.

JaguarRSR Principal Partner Paul Gentilozzi is happy with how things are going in the team’s first race in China. “We are continuing to reduce the margin to our competitors,” said Gentilozzi. “To be less than a second away from the BMW’s and 1.708 from the Le Mans winning Ferrari, that is a significant sign. This is a track that traditionally hasn’t favored us; it has threshold braking and low-speed corners, so we have made gains on this type of track by over a second.”

The city of Zhuhai is located in the Guangdong province which is subject to a subtropical climate, although this time of year it is unusal to see a steady fall of rain. However, that is all the JaguarRSR team has seen leading up to what is forecasted as a dry race day on Sunday. After a consistent rainfall all morning, to a mist in the early afternoon hours, JaguarRSR had to take a gamble on how to setup for the qualifying session this afternoon.

Marc Goossens was the qualifying driver and commented on his run, “Qualifying was ok, but with the track being wet when we started it took way too long to get the temperature up in the tires. So it was hard to get a read of what the car was doing, but overall we are just lacking grip (because of the conditions). It would have taken a couple of more laps to get heat in the tires and get a good feel, but the end of the session came too soon. I think that we have a good car for the race, the trick will be figuring out how to setup a car for the race because the ever changing weather conditions we have been experiencing.”

Gentilozzi will join Goossens behind the wheel of the #81 JaguarRSR XKR GT2 in the 1000km / 6 hour race tomorrow. He has had some time behind the wheel and looks forward to the challenge. “I like the track, it is fun,” Gentilozzi said about the 2.68 mile (4,319 km) track of Zhuhai International Circuit. “It is very similar to any American race track, but it has its own unique experience.”

The race in Zhuhai starts on Sunday, November 7, at midday local time (Saturday at 11:00 PM Eastern in the U.S.). Although there will be no live television in North America, fans can follow the race on Le Mans Radio ( and with live scoring at Internationally, flag-to-flag television coverage of the six-hour race can be seen after a one-hour tape-delay on MotorsTV. EuroSport will carry the final two hours of the race as well.

-source: jaguar rsr

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