The #52 Simpson Motorsport Ginetta G57-P2 will start today’s season-opening four-hour VdeV race at Circuit de Catalunya, Spain from Pole Position. British driver Charlie Robertson set the team’s best time – a blistering 1:39.075 lap in this morning’s Qualifying – to headline a 1-2 for the Ginetta G57-P2.
In the tight 45-minute session for the PFV and LMP3 runners, Robertson managed to post an early banker lap to score provisional pole after Mike Simpson briefly put the #57 Pegasus Racing G57-P2 atop the timing screens. Shortly after that though, Robertson continued to push and bettered it to secure himself and teammates Sennan Fielding and Colin White the top spot for the race. In the end, his fastest time was just over two tenths faster than the nearest challenger: Simpson.
“It’s a great feeling to score pole here,” Robertson said after the session. “The team have worked so hard on the setup and it’s paid off for them. I went out and on my first flying lap scored provisional pole, and was down to better it by almost a second on my second, but the Full-Course Yellow came out and prevented me from setting a low 1:38.
“After that though I still improved even after the tyres had peaked before handing over to Sennan (Fielding). He did a great job after me to, getting just a tenth off my time on his best which bodes well for the race. It’s going to be a long one though, I’ve started from the back here before and won so we’ll see how it goes.”
With Robertson in control up front, Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson steered the #57 Pegasus Racing prototype to second, handing the French team a front-row starting position for its first ever race with the G57-P2. It was a very promising morning the outfit, which only took delivery of its car hours before the start of the meeting.
“It’s really coming along for the team, we’re all really happy with that result,” Simpson commented. “I got off to a quick flyer which Charlie quickly bettered, then like him I was on to set a much quicker time a lap later before the Full-Course Yellow was called.
“Even so, it was a good session, and for Pegasus both cars are up there too, with every driver lapping quickly.”
Pegasus Racing’s second G57-P2 – the #29 of Julien Schell and Stephane Raffin – had a good run, with Schell putting the #29 P4 on the grid with a 1:41.786 after steadily improving throughout his time in the car
The three Ginetta G57-P2s will tackle the world-famous Circuit de Catalunya – located just outside Barcelona – later today at 16:00 local time in Spain for a four-hour endurance race which runs into the darkness, finishing at 20:00.