The WR Peugeots dominated the warm-up with Patrick Gonin just ahead of William David. We bedded in the discs and the pads and modified the settings to make the car more comfotable. It seems OK on full tanks, said David who, yesterday received the Prix Jean Rondeau (prize for the pole position).
The teams concentrated on race settings while for Eric Comas, it was his first laps in daylight. His mechanics still have to make the on-board radio work in both directions!
The Hodgetts-Euser-Erdos Marcos stopped after the first of the Hunaudieres chicanes. We dont really know what happened, maybe a gearbox problem, said the team manager, Dave Pruett. The Seikel Porsche 911 GT had a minor oil leak while the Ferte-Acheson Sard had to change a slipping clutch.
JJ Letho, the quickest of the McLaren drivers is confident " We've got a good chance of finishing the race as our 21 hour simulation on the Magny Cours circuit went off without problems. My only worry is the gearbox".
Honda will be on the watch-out for rain as the gearboxes have a tendency to overheat, but Ken Hahimoto remains optimistic, "We had to work on the box and starter on Thursday which is why we didnŐt practice. The engine is good and we could have set pole by turning up the boost to maximum. I think the car is reliable enough to run until Monday evening!". The role of the Honda Turbo (no.47) is to go for it while the normally aspirated version is there to finish. In the Nissan camp, no.23 will act as the hare.
As there were no withdrawals in GT2, the Ferrari 355 of Heinkele-Guitteney and Born will not race. However, all three reserves in Group 1 will start thanks to the exclusion of th no.12 Courage and the withdrawals of the Norma and the Tiga in each of which only one driver qualified.