Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera 24.02.07: Where rain hampered track time yesterday, today it was a heavy mist that delayed the on-track activity at the Andalusian circuit. As soon as visibility was restored and the damp patches had dried out, Ilmor GP riders Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt once again took to the track in the hope of clocking up some serious mileage.
Both riders were running in a new engine specification giving the Ilmor GP electronics crew plenty to play with as they adjusted the engine mapping accordingly. And whilst both McWilliams and Pitt experienced an overall improvement in the bikes performance, there is still a lot of work ahead for the final day of the test tomorrow. Honda Gresini rider Marco Melandri set the fastest lap time out on track today for a second consecutive day – the Italian rider managed a 1.40.383 lap time with a top speed of 268.7Km/h


Jeremy McWilliams #99 Laps: 26 Fastest Lap: 1.44.458 Top Speed: 267.3Km/h

Andrew Pitt #88 Laps: 57 Fastest Lap: 1.44.589 Top Speed: 264.4Km/h

Jeremy McWilliams, Ilmor GP Rider: ”I have mixed emotions – on the one hand, I didn’t do enough laps today so I’m disappointed but on the other the new engine is without doubt a step in the right direction. We had a lot of down time in the garage making adjustments but that’s normal with a new engine – frustrating but normal. I’m hoping for much more track time tomorrow.” Andrew Pitt, Ilmor GP Rider: ”We had good dry conditions today, so the riding was better. We made good progress particularly on the electronic side. I managed a good long run at one point and clocked up some consistent lap times. I think we’re in better shape today.” Mario Illien, Team Principal: ”All in all it was a productive day for us. It was a real shame that we couldn’t start earlier – we lost out on a lot of time over the past few days due to bad weather conditions. We are not quite where we want to be time-wise but we have definitely made progress and hopefully that can continue for tomorrow.”


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