John concentrates on setup rather than speed in Le Mans practice sessions
John is pretty happy after his first day on track at Le Mans despite not showing up at the sharp end of the timing screens in the weekend’s initial practice sessions. FP2 was affected by weather – and this could well be a factor in tomorrow’s action too.
25th in FP1 and 28th in FP2, John is pretty happy with his progress, and is confident that the results belie the potential this weekend, as he’s not been concentrating simply on setting a fast time but on essential set-up work to feel properly comfortable with the bike.
John had this to say:
“I’m feeling okay after day 1. Although the time sheets don’t look too promising I am feeling fairly confident going into free practice 3 and qualifying tomorrow. I had to Learn the circuit in FP1 and in FP2 I had some things to test before we put new tyres on and unfortunately just got caught out with the rain and didn’t manage to put a proper lap time in.
The feeling from the bike is coming much better and my lap times are getting quicker lap by lap without having to put my neck on the line, pushing for the time. Overall I am quite happy with progress and look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings! The forecast is rain so that might mix things around a little!”
Hopefully the concentration on a good feeling with the bike will put John in good stead for the final, crucial FP3 and Qualifying sessions tomorrow.