Augusto makes strong start at Le Mans
It was a strong start in France for Augusto Fernandez today at Le Mans.
With rain predicted for tomorrow, Augusto may well have already claimed a crucial spot in Q2, which is scheduled to take place at 1535pm local time tomorrow.
Fernandez was one of only five riders to set a lap in the 1.37 bracket this morning, as the 30-strong field built confidence on a 4.1km surface low on grip after overnight rain.
An impressive lap of 1’36.605 during an endurance test on Dunlop’s soft compound rear tyre put Fernandez at the top of the leader board for half of FP2 and the 23-year-old completed a brilliant Friday inside the top three.
“Today has been very positive for me. We were lucky with the weather because we got to do a lot of work in dry conditions on slick tyres, even though this morning the track was damp in parts. This afternoon the times were very competitive, and I felt good throughout the day. We still have to decide whether the rear tyre choice for the race is the soft or the hard. I did a long run on the soft tyre this afternoon and made a good lap time when I wasn’t really looking for it. I was just trying to be fast and consistent while gaining information about tyre life. I finished the session with the hard tyre and while the times are a bit slower, I could be more constant. I have a good feeling and am looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”