Friday, January 9, 2009

The temperature rises

The heat is searing here in Dubai, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees Celsius trackside. The cars have all assembled on the starting grid for a parade and warm-up lap, with Rob Barff shouldering the responsibility of the first session.

“The hardest part is taking that first corner,” he said before climbing behind the wheel. “You have more than 80 cars vying for position, but after the first lap the quicker cars will pull away and you can settle into a rhythm.”

The team has decided to change drivers approximately every 90 minutes. GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez will drive the second session, with motoring legend Johnny Herbert taking the third. Lucas seemed relaxed as he answered questions for the media; many journalists have made the trip over from his native Spain, where his amazing story has captured the public's imagination.

With the start of the race rapidly approaching, look out for updates from the start of the TOYO tires 24h of Dubai endurance race and full interviews with members of the Nissan PlayStation racing team.