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Chandhok's lap puts his team in P9 in LMP2, 17th overall

Le Mans (France), PTI | Updated : 20 June 2013, 07:11 PM

Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok helped his team Murphy Prototypes qualify in the ninth place in LMP2 class and 17th overall for the iconic Le Mans 24 hours race on Thursday.

Chandhok's fastest lap of 3:44.538 was best from his team, which has Brendon Hartley and Mark Patterson as the other two drivers.

The opening qualifying session finished early due to barrier damage at the second Mulsanne chicane, cutting short the session by 55 minutes.

In the first practice session, which was held in the evening, the team was placed in 23rd position with Patterson behind the wheel.

The morning was full of of rain and hail storms which meant there was lack of grip in the first practice session.

Patterson did the complete practice session before Chandhok took over for the first qualifying practice session. Chandhok focused on setting up the car for the race and did a fastest time of 3:44:538.

"There wasn't really time for quali laps as we were still on reasonably used tyres. We were still doing race set-up because of the red flags, so we didn't have time to do anything, neither Brendon nor I did any laps in the daylight.

Unfortunately for him, he didn't do any in the night either because of the red flag.

"It was pretty crazy how much time we lost, so we just focused on race set-up. We're not bad, but we've got work to do and we'll do what we have to do," Chandhok said.

First Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 07:07 PM
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