Kraihamer in confident mood before qualifying

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The track action for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans begins today. We spoke Bykolles dri­ver Dominik Krai­hamer, who is com­pet­ing at Le Mans for the sev­enth year in suc­ces­sion, about his hopes for qual­i­fy­ing and the race itself.

Test Day went well over­all,” Krai­hamer said. “How­ev­er, we were a lit­tle sur­prised at the straight-line pace of the LMP2s – which were top­ping the speed traps at 340km/h. We were look­ing to find an opti­mum bal­ance so that we weren’t com­pro­mis­ing too much on pace, but also weren’t caus­ing too much wear in the cor­ners. It’s impor­tant that the car is rel­a­tive­ly com­fort­able to dri­ve for the entire 24 hours.”

In terms of one-lap pace, we think we can aim to be around 1.5 to 2 sec­onds quick­er than the P2s,” the Aus­tri­an added. “But our pace on the long runs is a lit­tle more pos­i­tive. The car was bril­liant to dri­ve through the Porsche Curves, even bet­ter than last year’s Rebel­lion R-One – very sta­ble at the rear, with slight under­steer.”

Obvi­ous­ly reli­a­bil­i­ty will be key over the 24 hours,” he said. “Arguably the great­est ques­tion mark is over the engine, as it is new in the car and hasn’t run 24 hours before. I’m pret­ty con­fi­dent look­ing ahead to the race, but we will have to see whether we can last the full 24 hours. If we can, any­thing can hap­pen.”

Krai­hamer is new to the Bykolles out­fit, hav­ing only joined the team at the start of the year, but is impressed by the atti­tude “The team is bril­liant, the guys work so hard. At Spa we came through the race with­out any issues for the first time in a while, so that was great for our prepa­ra­tions. There is def­i­nite­ly a degree of momen­tum in the garage, and every­one is in great spir­its. For us dri­vers the most impor­tant thing is to not put a foot wrong. Mar­co [Bonano­mi], Oli [Webb] and I have a great deal of expe­ri­ence here, so I def­i­nite­ly think we are capa­ble of com­ing through the race trou­ble-free.”

Free Prac­tice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins today at 16:00 local time, before the cars take to the cir­cuit for the first qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion at 22:00 local time.