Ayumu Sasaki achieves best grid position of 2020 in Le Mans

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Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Ayumu Sasaki jumped from P24 to P7 in the combined practice times this morning at the end of a sunny FP3. With this the Japanese youngster qualified directly for Q2 and continued his upward trend in the short important session at lunchtime today. On his final lap, Sasaki did a 1:41.982, which is his fastest lap time this weekend and made him land in seventh, which means third row and his best starting position so far this season.

Ayumu Sasaki

“Yesterday was a tough day with the rain conditions, but in the dry we had a good feeling. I felt already well in FP3, although I still missed a few things this morning. But I knew I could improve a little bit more. In Qualifying it’s always difficult to make one perfect lap and though my lap was not perfect, I was quite satisfied with it. It was my best Qualifying of the season so far, so I’m happy to see these improvements, also about myself. In the last races, I always started quite far back, which made life more difficult. So now we have to focus on the race pace. We couldn’t do a long run yet, but I feel I have a good pace. Hopefully I can get a decent result for my team at their home race.”