G-Force Entry Under Threat

G-Force Entry Under Threat
G-Force Racing are hoping for special dispensation from Le Mans organisers ACO to allow them to compete in this year's race.

The number 35 Courage C65 driven by Val Hillebrand, Franck Hahn and Gavin Pickering is unlikely to qualify within the required 115 per cent limit of the fastest qualifier in the LMP2 class, after sustaining heavy damage in yesterday's wet qualifying session.

A suspension linkage bolt on the car's left-rear side sheared, and pitched Belgian Hahn in the barriers at the Ford Curves.

The car is now being repaired at the Courage base in Le Mans and will not take part in tonight's qualifying session, which is expected to be much faster because of the dry conditions forecast.

G-Force engineer Frans Jacobs told Autosport-Atlas: "We have stripped the car of everything so Courage can repair the chassis. We are now reliant on the ACO to let us in to the race.

"They seemed confident yesterday, but the mood is not so good today. We had problems on the test day to record a quick time, however we produced some of the fastest lap times in LMP2 at the Spa 1000km in April."

The team will find out by 6pm tomorrow evening (Friday) whether they have been granted special dispensation to race.
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