August 29, 2015

Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies in Germany

Germany Qualifying

 

Nürburgring, Germany, – Aug. 29, 2015 – Tequila Patrón ESM will have their work cut out for them on Sunday of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s (FIA WEC) 6 Hours of Nürburgring following qualifying today. The team is up for the challenge and believes the No. 30 and No. 31 Tequila Patrón-sponsored Ligier JS2 Hondas have more potential than their performance showed in qualifying for the LMP2 class. The Florida-based team will start seventh and eighth in the race on Sunday.

Per the FIA WEC rules, the quickest lap time from each team’s two qualifying drivers are averaged in order to determine the starting position.

Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier Hansson qualified the No. 30 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS Honda seventh with an average lap time of 1:48.342. Dalziel and Heinemeier Hansson are co-driving with Tequila Patrón ESM driver/owner Scott Sharp during the six-hour endurance challenge on Sunday.

Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek qualified the No. 31 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS Honda eighth with an average lap time of 1:50.594. Brown and van Overbeek are co-driving with Jon Fogarty for Sunday’s race.

Green flag for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring takes place at 1 p.m. CET/7 a.m. ET on Sunday.

 

Where to Watch

The 6 Hours of Nürburgring will be televised globally and on the FOX Sports Network of channels.

 

For U.S. viewers, the 6 Hours of Nürburgring will air on Sunday, August 30:

7 a.m. –  9 a.m. ET — FOX Sports 2

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET — FOX Sports 1

 

The race can be viewed via the FIA WEC second screen app or online at www.fiawec.com.

To listen to the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, tune into Radio Le Mans at www.radiolemans.com.

 

Ed Brown

“It has been an interesting weekend so far. We just haven’t had the speed that we did during testing. I ran the fastest laps of the week in qualifying. We always race better then we qualifying, so we’re looking forward to the race. The fans have been amazing and I’m sure there will be a huge crowd for the race.”

 

Johannes van Overbeek

“Qualifying was tough. We’ve struggled with the setup and missed it in qualifying. Ed did an awesome job and ran his best laps of the weekend. We have our work cut-out for us tomorrow.”

 

Ryan Dalziel

“Not the weekend we had planned on after such a great test here a month ago. We have been chasing some set-up issues, but the Tequila Patrón ESM team has been working nonstop to improve the car. I have no doubts we will be much better tomorrow and try to get the Patrón Ligier Hondas on the podium.”

 

David Heinemeier Hansson

“It was a tough qualifying session. The car wasn’t where we wanted it to be and the results reflect it. Hopefully our post-qualifying analysis will reveal the culprit and we can fix the issue before tomorrow.”

 

About Tequila Patrón ESM

Founded in 2010, Tequila Patrón ESM is one of the premier sportscar teams in the world. Tequila Patrón ESM’s record includes two GT wins with the Ferrari Italia F458 (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Road Atlanta, 2012), two LMP2 wins (Long Beach, 2013 and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 2014) two GT pole positions, four LMP2 pole positions and a combined 22 podium finishes.

For 2015, Tequila Patrón ESM competes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with two Tequila Patrón-sponsored LMP2 prototypes and drivers Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek, Ryan Dalziel, Jon Fogarty and David Heinemeier Hansson.

 

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