Zytek First and Second at Silverstone

17.09.2007: Zytek First and Second at Silverstone

LMP2 class falls to the dominant 07S

The undoubted promise of the Zytek 07S was fulfilled today with a performance in the Silverstone 1,000km that crushed the opposition. The Gulf Barazi-Epsilon 07S of Juan Barazi, Michael Vergers and Karim Ojjeh took first place and the Team LNT 07S of prototype ‘rookies’ Danny Watts and Tom Kimber-Smith, second. However, it was a result that told only half the story.

During the first half hour of today’s race the Zytek 07S driven by Danny Watts not only totally dominated the LMP2 class. It also quickly moved up to third overall, the leading petrol-fuelled car and headed only by the factory Peugeots. A broken alternator wire then caused an early pit stop, dropping the car many laps back. Around 12 minutes were lost as a flattened battery was replaced and, as a precaution, the alternator changed.

Danny returned to the fray in last place picking off the opposition with metronome like regularity. "The car was very easy to drive," said Danny, "It allowed me to rattle off the laps." Tom, like Danny racing a prototype for the first time, continued the charge through the field. By the end of the 1,000kms the car was up to second in class, just one lap behind the winner and seventh overall. Those early laps, though, indicated its potential to challenge even for an overall podium place.

Winner Michael Vergers echoed this enthusiasm for the Zytek 07S. "The car was very good," he said after the race. "We’ve really been waiting for this one," added his delighted team mate Juan Barazi after their car had finished fifth overall, beaten by only four of the far more powerful LMP1 cars.

Four of the top twelve finishers were powered by Zytek engines, including the Arena Motorsport LMP1 Zytek 07S that finished sixth overall and fifth in class. It was an impressive performance by the Chilton brothers Tom and Max, with the latter, at 16, becoming the youngest ever driver to compete in a Le Mans-style endurance race, let alone finish a gruelling 1,000km race.

Eleventh overall and sixth in class was the Lola of Bill Binnie, Allen Timpany and Chris Buncombe, which, like the LMP2 winners, also used the incredibly fast and reliable Zytek ZG348 engine.

 

About Zytek

Zytek was formed in 1982 to design, develop and manufacture electronic products for motorsport applications. Today, the Zytek Group comprises five highly-focused divisions which together are able to provide a true single-source for both individual motor racing teams and for one-make racing series.

Zytek Systems develops and supplies road and race-car engine management systems, and control systems software and engineering for vehicle systems integration and dynamic control applications.

MZT is dedicated to the development of advanced road car powertrain control systems solely for Continental’s Automotive Group.

Zytek Electric Vehicles supplies one of the world’s highest power density electric traction motors and integrates electric and hybrid powertrain systems for concept and production vehicles.

Zytek Engineering Engine Technology Division designs, develops and manufactures high-performance engines for motorsport applications. The company is the sole supplier of engines for A1GP and undertakes all mechanical engineering development for the other Zytek Group companies.

Zytek Engineering Vehicle Technology Division specialises in motorsport chassis design and development, providing turnkey solutions for any racing formula. It calls on the expertise within the Zytek Group to integrate electronic systems, engines and harnessing as required by each customer.

For further information, visit www.zytekgroup.co.uk

 

- Karen Brittan-

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