Do you take a bigger crew for the 24-hours than any other race?
Yes, first of all, for our silver cup car we’ve drafted in an extra driver in order to give the other drivers a bit more rest. The drivers on this car haven’t done as many 24 hour races as the drivers on the #23 car. You need more people all round, even for the catering. This year we’re up to about 35 people.
How involved is Japan in this race? How much factory support is there from Nismo?
We’re a customer team, and that should mean we work pretty much independently. But we’re also a customer-partnered team. That means we get more support than average from the factory. There are a few engineers flying over from Japan as the #23 car is a brand new, 2018 specification model. They like to keep an eye on it and they want to see how it will perform for 24 hours.
Any predictions for this year?
Well that’s always difficult. We’re definitely in contention for the silver cup. For outright victory, we’re only got one pro car. That means our chances are lower than if we had two pro cars.