A1-Team-Libanon mit „CC" nach vorn

A1-Team-Libanon mit „CC" nach vorn

07.08.2008: A1-Team-Libanon mit „CC" nach vorn

Chaouki Chikhani im Ferrari-A1-Prototyp

Vieles erinnert mich bei Chaouki Chikhani (RL) an David Coulthard. Als der Brite vor einigen Jahren in die Dienste von F1-Team Red Bull berufen wurde, war das wohl ein langfristig angelegter Schachtzug der Österreicher. Red Bull hatte gerade das Jaguar-F1-Team von Ford übernommen.

Um vom Beginn an Stabilität in das Programm zu bekommen, entschied sich Red Bull für den routiniertesten Piloten am Markt, David Coulthard (GB). Nicht nur für McLaren hatte der Schotte zuvor beachtliche Erfolge eingefahren.

In den Jahren des unbezwingbaren Deutschen Michael Schumacher war es Coulthard, der der Konkurrenz von Ferrari immer wieder empfindliche Hiebe beibrachte. Und jener Fahrer der seit Jahren ein Hotel in Monaco managte, galt zudem als erfahrener Testfahrer.

An ihm mussten sich junge Fahrer im Red Bull Team zukünftig messen lassen. Als Coulthards Verdienst gilt auch die Verpflichtung von Konstrukteur Adrian Newey für Red Bull.

Der libanesische GT-Pilot Chaouki Chikhani, geboren in Bigfeier vor den Toren der Hauptstadt seines Heimatlandes Libanon, scheint nun im A-1-Team des Landes eine ähnliche Rolle zugedacht zu sein.

Über Billy Karam, dem Berater der libanesischen A-1-Operation kam Chaouki Chikhani bei den für das internationale Formel-Team der Libanesen Verantwortlichen ins Gespräch.

„Ich bin mit 46 Jahren zwar nicht mehr so jung wie manch hochgelobter Newcomer, aber auch Fangio (5 mal Weltmeister) brachte in meinem Alter absolute Spitzenleistungen", strahlt Chikhani vor seinem Abflug zu A1-Verhandlungen in Paris.

Wenn man dem Rat von Billy Karam (RL) folgen sollte, wird Chikhani bereits in Kürze in einem neuen von Ferrari konstruierten A1-Rennwagen in Donington erste Setup-Fahrten machen können.

Der Libanese wird neue Erfahrungen machen, aber er kann seine umfangreichen Erfahrungen als Ingenieur und Rennfahrer in das libanesische Rennteam einbringen.

„Meine Landsleute sind momentan deutlich unter Wert in der Tabelle", so Chikhani. „Um das zu verbessern möchte ich mich dort gerne einbringen".

Ein GT-Rennen in Assen hat Chikhani dafür abgesagt. Unterstützt wird seine DMV-Challengesaison 2008 übrigens vom libanesischen Porsche-Club.

Das Leichtgewicht „CC"-Chikhani (169cm/69Kg, MMM-Foto) ist ein echter Fighter. Ein Mann den man sicher sehr erfolgreich im A1-Team-Libanon einsetzen kann.

. HTS. -

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07.08.2008 / MaP

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