Le Mans (France), June 14: India’s Karun Chandhok and his team JRM Racing clocked overall 11th quickest time of three minutes, 37.088 seconds in the qualifying session ahead of the Le Mans 24-hour race to be run here this weekend.
The trio of David Brabham, Peter Dumbreck and Chandhok will use the Honda HPD ARX-03a to contest the LMP1 category alongside works and privateer outfits.
Earlier in the day, Brabham opened the practice session for JRM with three runs in the first 90 minutes. The Le Mans 2009 winner recorded the team’s best time of 3:34.641, 10th in the overall classification.
Brabham then handed over to Chandhok, but the Indian reported some instability on the rear of the car on his second run and returned to the pits for checks. Brabham got back in the car to compare set-ups with the beginning of the session. The Australian then handed over to Dumbreck.
In the second qualifying, Dumbreck was first out in the car, completing four timed laps with his and the team’s overall best time of 3:37.088.
Chandhok, who will become the first-ever Indian to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend, then posted three timed laps, with a best of 3:43.402 before Brabham rounded off the day with his best of 3:43.257.
Chandhok was happy to get more time in the car, especially as he had never driven in the dark at the historic Le Mans circuit.
Chandhok commented: “Today was about getting more time in the car and fine tuning the balance. We’re still very new around here, both myself and the team. So the learning curve is very steep.
“It’s been a fairly tough day as the grip is low and temperatures have changed throughout the sessions, but we are still learning all the time. On the plus side, we have covered a lot of ground and there’s a lot of time between now and qualifying tomorrow to completely understand how we can improve.”