By Michael Oellers
During Thursday and Friday morning’s Free Practice sessions on the Spa roller-coaster-like track it has emerged that the Rebellion team with its two new B12/60 Lola-Toyota might be a hot candidate for one of the places immediately behind the four Diesel-driven factory Audis. During qualifying Neel Jarni then achieved the maximum result by steering the Rebellion-Toyota #12 into fifth position, clocking in at 2:04.234 min only beaten into place by the Audis who were expected to be superior.
Thus the team around Nick not only proved to be the best-placed privateer car but also the fastest petrol-driven racing car in the LMP1 class. The Audi #2, with Scottish ex-champion Alan McNish at the controls managed to get pole position. The second Rebellion #13 with Andrea Bellichi at the wheel came in seventh.
Accordingly, Neel Jarni was quite happy with his performance: “We achieved our goal of today, qualifying the new B12/60 Lola-Toyota as the first petrol powered car and first FIA WEC privateer team, P5 overall just behind the four factory Audis.” The Swiss driver also praised his team mates Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost who had managed to carry out a lot of the set-up work necessary in the Free Practice sessions: “This result is really the work of all the team. Since yesterday, I haven't driven a lot. My teammates have done a great job yesterday and this morning, making the right choices in terms of set-up. When I have taken the wheel this morning for some laps during the free practice 3, I knew that we had a very good car. We are now waiting for the race.”
Following the warm-up from 10:05 CET onwards, the Spa 6-Hours will get under way on Saturday, May 5th, at 14:30 CET.