Olivier Pla posted a time of 1:45.237 on his final lap in the team’s Nissan powered Ligier JS P2 prototype. This was good enough to top the time sheets but the team’s joy was short-lived as the end of the Session prevented the Frenchman from taking advantage of one more lap on the rapidly drying Circuito do Estoril. Some other competitors managed to beat the Checkered Flag to post improvements on that final lap pushing Krohn Racing down the order to fourth overall.
Olivier Pla, Driver Krohn Racing: “I just missed getting one more lap at the end but the others in front of me got an extra lap. I took the Checkered Flag and couldn’t take advantage of the fast-drying track. The car was great, the pace was there and I managed to get P1 on my last lap but the others managed one more. That was it, the improving conditions on that lap was the difference. A little bit of a shame but there was nothing we could do. The team did a great job, the car was fantastic so we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
Jeff Glover, Team Manager Krohn Racing: “Oli did a great job in slippery conditions and changing weather, we’re really proud of him. The crew and Lee also did a great job, we’re happy with the tune of the car. We’re feeling good going into the race tomorrow.”
Lee Penn, Race Engineer Krohn Racing: “Qualifying was really good, we made a last minute pit call to change to inters, which was definitely the right call. Oli did a fantastic job, we were 8 to 10 seconds short of getting another lap in and that extra lap that some of the others got would’ve seen us on pole. We’re very happy , it could’ve been pole, but it wasn’t and we’re very, very optimistic for the race.”