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Asian team gets set for Le Mans debut

The Endurance Asia Team will start its first Le Mans 24 Hours from 15th on the grid in GT2 after qualifying at La Sarthe.

With the free practice on Wednesday having been beset by wet conditions, the team was forced to use the qualifying session to collect extra date ahead of the race weekend, while also allowing drivers Darryl O'Young, Philippe Hesnault and Plamen Kralev to spend time at the wheel of the Porsche 997.

O'Young was given the role of qualifying the car and posted the 15th quickest time, although the aim for the session had been on learning as much as possible rather than chasing a quick time.

“I've had not much time, only five or six laps,” O'Young said, “which is not enough to really push into the braking zone. I was also blocked by a little traffic, while I was improving my lap times.”

Kralev meanwhile, the only Bulgarian in the race this season, said he was confident that the team would have a good race pace come Saturday's start.

“The car is very good, the braking balance we found is very good,” he said. “I could overtake a Ferrari in the Mulsanne's straight, and we are faster than them, which is encouraging.”


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