DRAYSON RACING TO START ZHUHAI RACE 5th
Rain is said to be the great equaliser in motorsport and it nearly proved itself so for Drayson Racing today in qualifying for Sunday's 1000KM of Zhuhai (China). Rain has swept over each session leading up to China's first-ever Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) race which has allowed the No.11 Drayson Racing Lola Coupé with Judd Power to put added pressure on the heavily-funded factory efforts which dominate the Le Mans Prototype One (LMP1) class. Changing conditions did not swing the privateer-team's way in dry-weather Michelin tyres in a last minute downpour. Cocker turned the fifth-quaickest lap overall for tomorrow's six-hour race with a time of one-minute, 28.916 seconds.
A drying track just prior to the 20-minute qualifying session lulled many teams, including Drayson Racing, to switch to the quicker, slick racing tyres. However, in China's Guangdong Province. The 2005 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion made an impressive run on the puddling track but was not able to get closer than seven seconds to the pole-winning Peugeot. The pole-winning, diesel-powered entry turned its best times early in the session on an "intermediate", wet weather tyre.
Forecasts for tomorrow's 1000KM/six-hour race remain as cloudy as the sky but lean towards sunny. This leaves many questions as the team prepares for the Noon (local time) start, Sunday. The Dale White-managed programme will attempt to follow its tried-and-true "giant killer" method in the team's 13th, and final, race of 2010. Cocker will start the race before handing the closed-cockpit race car over to Paul Drayson. Weather conditions have limited practice time but both drivers are confident they have mastered the quick track with their Flex-Fuelled LMP1 entry.
Live timing and scoring can be found at www.lemans.org. The live call by Radio Le Mans can be heard at www.radiolemans.com. Flag-to-flag television coverage of the 7 November, 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. Highlights are scheduled to be shown on SPEED for North American viewers. Check local listings for specifics in your area, worldwide.