MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2010
TECHNICAL DRAMAS HALT RACE EFFORT AT SILVERSTONE LMS FINAL
As the final round of the 2010 Le Mans Series approached, Allan Simonsen and his team mate Dominik Farnbarcher were determined to get onto the podium for Team Hankook Farnbacher.

It had been a year full of promise for the Korean/German Team after great results at Le Mans and Nürburgring. But LMS results had evaded them...

Prior to Silverstone, the team went to Donnington Park for a couple of days of tyre testing with Hankook in an effort to make a tyre that was both durable and fast. Time is never on the side of a development program but everyone does their best to achiev the perfect tyre.

Consequently the team was on a high as the weekend loomed.

Allan was also on a high having flown in from a summery Denmark.

"It would be a dream to get a top six here and a podium would be awesome, said Allan.

"English weather is very changeable this time of year so we may be a chance to use our briliant inters.


The best qualifying effort of the year

After the twighlight races of Portugal and Hungary, Silverstone was back on its regular afternoon time schedule. It was also the first round of the inaugural ILMC (International Le Mans Challenge), a four continent challenge that Audi, Peugeot and Aston Martin have taken to with relish.

The first practice session was spent getting a good set up of the newly redesigned circuit. Better spectator viewing, reprofiled corners, slight layout changes all added up to a better circuit that was perhaps a touch more technical, but losing a bit of its previous flowing nature.

Session two was devoted to getting the best tyre setup for the race. Three sets of tyre were evaluated as a result of the Donnington test. But as luck would have it, the power steering pump failed, yet again, as Allan headed out. He'd lose the entire session as a result!


With the final session now in swing it was vital to get a good grid position and soon Allan found himeslf in P1, with dry rubber on.

This was a huge boost for the team indeed.

Qualifying also delivered the goods, with Allan immediately on pole on his first lap. But the drop off was worse than expected and his 2nd lap, which would normally be quickest, was not to be. By session end, P6 was the best Allan could achieve, but still the closest gap to pole of the season - 0.5 sec.

Allan was the nominated start driver and managed to hoodwink the 7th place started into a snooze at the start...

...and it was a break he'd need too!

The first few laps were easy to stay with the leaders but it didn't take long before the dreaded drop off reared its head and Allan fell back. The back tyres first, then the front.

On lap 7 the left rear started vibrating and then on lap 15 the front left tyre blew. Allan pitted and swapped to Dominik along with fresh rubber. But similar issues surfaced for Dominik and by lap 44 the team decided to halt their racing activity.

It was a disappointing end to the season but still one that was full of highlights, not the least of which being an automatic entry into the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.