RAM RACING TAKES POLE AT PAUL RICARD
International racing team RAM Racing has qualified on pole for the inaugural 24H Series 24 Hours of Paul Ricard by more than a second in its #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
AMG works driver Thomas Jäger (DE) was selected to complete the 45-minute session, which took place in temperatures exceeding 30 degrees centigrade, and he quickly set the benchmark for the GT3 pack.
As the temperature dropped, the times got faster and, with five minutes of the session remaining, Jäger recorded a 2:06.390, more than a second faster than the P2 Ferrari.
“I’m very happy that we are on pole”, commented Jäger. “I got a very clear run and the car felt almost perfect - the team did a great job in set up. It feels particularly good because we have come so close in the last two rounds but narrowly missed out.”
The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard is the fourth round of the 24H Series and RAM Racing has finished second at each so far this season. With a win firmly in its sights, Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom is keeping his team focussed ahead of tomorrow’s race.
“We’ve come here to win and this is a great start to our weekend,” he said. “But, it’s only the start of a very long weekend. There’s still a lot of work to do and, with the competition here, we can’t afford to drop the ball once.”
The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard starts at 1430 local time tomorrow (Saturday 11 July) and Jäger will be joined in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 by Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Adam Christodoulou (GB) and Paul White (GB).
Fans can watch the action live at www.24hseries.com