CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Jules Cluzel found the pace in this afternoon’s World Supersport Free Practice 2 at a sun soaked Donington Park. After being slightly off the pace in the morning session Jules found a really good rhythm and improved his lap time by half a second in the afternoon to finish the day in 5th position. He said: “I am really happy because we found the pace. I was really strong in the last exit and I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel like I can just go faster. There was a lot of traffic at the end and I tried to find a way be alone but it was not possible. Then I saw Kenan and I tried to see what he was doing better than me but I was quicker than him. He made a mistake and just blocked me so I did another lap and I did 31.4. I just feel like I can go a lot quicker so I am happy.”
Joining him in Superpole 2 tomorrow is Hikari Okubo who also upped his pace in the second session, getting into the 31s and is placed just below Jules in 6th position on the timesheet.
Donington Park first-timers Robin Mulhauser and Hiromichi Kunikawa concluded the first day of practice in 26th and 32nd respectively. Robin is struggling to get to grips with the circuit and he will examine the data with his crew to see where he can improve for FP3 and qualifying tomorrow. Hiromichi improved his lap time in good steps in each session and by the end of the day was lapping almost 1.5s faster.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a really good day for Jules and Hikari. Jules found a good rhythm and was doing 31s consistently. It was good for Hikari to get a tow from Jules, a great example of teamwork for CIA Landlord Insurance Honda. We were a little bit off in FP1 but now we are right on the pace. We might be able to find a little bit to improve in FP3 tomorrow to look for a front row in qualifying.”
“Robin was still struggling. It’s hard to see why now we have two riders on the pace. We will compare the data to see where he is losing and where he is gaining.”
“Hiromichi is closing the gap on the pack in front of him. It’s his first time here and he is doing a good job.”
“Overall it’s been a good day for CIA Landlord Insurance Honda.”