Monza Saturday notebook – Sportscar365
***Despite his pole position, Romain Dumas admitted that Glickenhaus was “clearly struggling” with brake wear at Monza. Pipo #708 Glickenhaus 007 emitted visible brake dust during testing at a track where it was forced to change brakes last year. “Of course everyone saw him smoking a lot of the rims, so we’re really concerned about that,” Dumas told Sportscar 365.
*** The Frenchman, who took Glickenhaus’ second WEC pole, said the team aimed to avoid changing brakes during the race. “We have to manage the race with what we have. Let’s see if it’s possible if we can take the start easier and see what happens to the brakes.
***Dumas took his first overall WEC pole position since the 2015 Nürburgring round.
***Mikkel Jensen performed a system reset in his #93 Peugeot 9X8 when he stopped between the Lesmos during qualifying. A Peugeot spokesman said he had taken the car back to the pits, but by this stage the red flags were out so Jensen was unable to record a lap time. The Peugeot n°93 will start at the back of the grid.
***The Oreca #38 JOTA, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans category, was also sent back to the back of the grid due to a dangerous pit exit on the way to Richard Mille Racing Team.
***Peugeot Technical Director Olivier Jansonnie has confirmed that the manufacturer briefly tested self-locking differentials at the start of its development programme, before switching to open differentials now mandatory for LMH hybrid cars.
*** The requirement for open differentials was announced 12 months ago. “At the beginning we were still learning, working on the regulations as they were in 2021,” Jansonnie said. He added: “We know that there is more performance in the closed differential. “If we had raced in competition before Monza, we would certainly have raced the closed differential.
***Sarah Bovy made WEC history by becoming the first woman to claim pole position in her class. Bovy also gave the Iron Dames program its first series pole.
***Robin Frijns recounted some struggles for the #31 WRT crew, which is aiming to bounce back from a DNF at Le Mans. “It’s not really going as well as I hoped,” he told Sportscar365. “We have a problem finding a good balance, which we can’t find so far. Last year we had the fastest car; I feel like that’s not the case now. »
***Alpine is “aiming” to replicate its 27-lap race stints at Monza last year, but feels it can be closer to its Hypercar rivals, having been three laps behind Toyota Gazoo Racing in 2021. “We have improved, and the overall image has improved,” team principal Philippe Sinault told Sportscar365. Alpine received a power boost and a power boost in the BoP, although the latter is relative to a smaller increase for Toyota and a larger increase for Glickenhaus.
***Charles Milesi parked the Oreca Richard Mille at the first chicane of Free Practice 2 due to a gearbox issue, specifically a faulty rotary actuator, according to a team spokesperson.
***Saturday marked the 90th anniversary of the famous Prancing Horse emblem used on Scuderia Ferrari cars. To mark the occasion, factory Ferrari 488 GTE Evo GTE-Pros sport the original logo that first appeared on two Alfa Romeo 8C 2300s at the 24 Hours of Spa in 1932.
*** Algarve Pro Racing’s Steven Thomas told Sportscar365 that the old-school nature of the Monza circuit reminded him of Sebring International Raceway, despite their different characteristics. “You come out of a really fast turn one, you go through a weird five turn, then there’s a big braking zone in a hairpin,” he said. “It’s a chicane here and you have to be prepared to brake late to save time and brake inside someone to make a pass.”
***AF Corse changed the intercooler on its #51 Ferrari after Free Practice 2. Speaking to WEC pit lane reporter Louise Beckett, James Calado said this was done to ” see if we can lower the temperature a bit, because it’s basically overheating.” The team then found a leak in the new intercooler and reverted to the stock one before hitting the track.
*** Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi moved within a point of second-placed Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the GTE World Championship standings thanks to an extra point for pole.
***The #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 suffered fuel pressure issues in FP3 with Estre at the wheel. A Porsche spokesman told Sportscar365 that Estre turned on the spare fuel pump and completed the session without any further qualifying issues.
*** Monza marks the very last GTE-Pro race in Europe, with the class recently confirmed to end after the current season. In the WEC, Ferrari has won the most European GTE-Pro races (16), followed by Porsche (10), Aston Martin (5), Ford (2) and Chevrolet (1).
***No support or companion series are in action at Monza. The latter happened during the 6 Hours of Bahrain last season.
***Ferrari has released official images of its LMH car being driven at Fiorano, including members of its factory GT driver lineup attending the shakedown.
***Nicklas Nielsen told Sportscar365 he immediately felt comfortable driving Ferrari’s new prototype. “I’m happy with the way the car is inside, the way you see everything from the wheel and the positioning,” he said. “We didn’t put the car together from scratch, but they did a very good job of putting it together the way they did.”
*** Alex Lynn described Cadillac’s LMDh rollout on Friday as the culmination of a “long buildup.” “We’ve had the chassis in the shop for a long time and they just put it together piece by piece,” he told Sportscar365. “It’s a really nice piece of gear, so we’re all really excited to get into it.”
***The arrival of Peugeot secures the largest top-category grid for the WEC since the 4 Hours of Silverstone in 2019, where six cars took part in LMP1. It’s also the biggest field for Hypercar since the class was introduced last year.
***Peugeot is expected to keep its current driver line-up and combinations for the 6 Hours of Fuji and 8 Hours of Bahrain, according to Stellantis motorsport director Jean-Marc Finot. “That’s the program,” he told Sportscar365. “Anything can happen but at the moment this is what is planned.”
***The two Peugeot 9X8s racing at Monza are brand new. It is understood that the French manufacturer now has five cars in its stable: a crash test car, a homologation car, a test car and the two competition models.
***A race vehicle shakedown was carried out at Magny-Cours last week.
***Goodyear was fined €30,000 (US$30,546) for failing to declare its LMP2 tire list prior to the event. €5,000 of the fine must be paid immediately, while the remaining €25,000 is suspended provided Goodyear does not re-offend.
***Manufacturers LMH Peugeot, Toyota and Glickenhaus all run Michelin’s hot-weather, medium-compound tires at Monza, while Alpine offers the soft hot and cold options.
***The 6 Hours of Monza is scheduled to start at 12pm CEST (6am ET). MotorTrend broadcasts the first and last 90 minutes live on US television, and in full online. Click here for worldwide streaming options.
Davey Euwema contributed to this report