Mullen Shines in the Dark

24 July, 2009

The No.55 CRS Ferrari 430 will start the 2009 Spa 24 Hours from the front row of the GT2 grid after a top performance from Tim Mullen in last night’s qualifying session. The No.56 Ferrari will start from ninth as a sudden change in the weather mixed up the grid for tomorrow’s big race.

Spa has seen some huge storms over the last few days and right on cue the rain began again just as the first cars took to the track for the first of the three qualifying sessions. As the cars completed their first flying laps Rob Bell appeared in second place, with Tim in fourth. Then Tim popped up on pole before dropping again as other cars beat his time. On his next flying lap though Tim nailed second place just as the heavens opened and what can only be described as ‘biblical’ rain began to fall.

While Tim took a front row grid slot, Rob missed out, as the track was just too wet on his lap so he had to settle for ninth.

With two and a half hours of track time available for qualifying, the times were all set in the first 15 minutes of the first session. After rain like that it was clear that no-one was going to have a chance to improve on their times.

“It’s always a good feeling to qualify well,” said Mullen. “We were pretty quick right through the practice sessions so we knew there was a good time in the car, with or without the rain. Tomorrow we need to just keep going, stay out of the pits as much as possible and when Sunday comes we should be right up there.”

There was more good news for CRS yesterday when a steward’s decision excluded the No.61 Porsche from the results of the Oschersleben race. This is the car that finished in second place so the exclusion moves Chris and Tim up to third place for that event, while Andrew and Rob move up! to sixth. The extra points also mean that CRS moves up to second place in the all-important team’s championship standings. The Prospeed team has lodged its intent to appeal the decision.

Mullen Shines in the Dark