Gianmaria Bruni has declared himself pleased with the No. 82 Risi Competizionen Ferrari's performance after setting the quickest qualifying time in the GT2 class.
Bruni's time of 3m59.233s, set at the beginning of the two-hour period, stood until the end, even though a transmission problem sidelined the car for the balance of the session.
"It was difficult to find a clear lap but this one [the fastest] was on my fifth lap, so the tires were not so good," he said. "I had two good laps before that, and was quick in Sectors 1 and 2, but got traffic at the end of each lap.
"I slowed down once and went again. It's good, I'm pleased because we worked hard to find a good setup on the car in the practice session this afternoon, and now the car is very good."
Almost immediately after setting the time, his car – shared with Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer – developed a technical problem.
"I changed gear on the straight and I think something on the differential was out so the car was pushing on one side."
The fault was traced to a failed gearbox output shaft, one of several components which the team says was coming to the end of its service life and due for replacement before the race.