ZYTEK - Autosport 1000km of Silverstone race

15.09.2008: ZYTEK - Autosport 1000km of Silverstone race

A split second decision, made on safety grounds, has resulted in a penalty and robbed the Zytek-engined Embassy WF01 of its first podium position. The Autosport 1000km of Silverstone had proved to be the team’s best performance of the year.

Throughout the season its two WF01s have been developing into front-runners. Both are powered by the Zytek ZG348 engine, the power unit that won the LMP2 class here last year. Today, Warren Hughes and Jonny Kane brought home their car in third place only to be penalised five minutes immediately after the race had finished.

Unable to restart due to a failed clutch, Jonny was forced to drive through the red light at the end of the pit lane. This had lit up just as he reached the exit and his only alternative was to block the road. The clutch problem had been the car’s only issue all day but this had meant it had to be fired up on the starter motor each time it made a pit stop. Yet, despite this, it had run as high as second.

Although the final result – sixth in class - was a great disappointment for the team, the day’s performance has shown just how far it has progressed over the year and should act as a great impetus for the close season development, which commences shortly.

The sister WF01 of Darren Manning and Joey Foster had what the latter described as "an eventful race" finishing in 11th place. However, as Joey observed, "the car has so much potential."

Just behind Warren and Jonny in the results was the Trading Performance Zytek 07S of Karim Ojjeh, Claude-Yves Gosselin and Adam Sharpe. "The car was really brilliant," said the latter, who was able to race it for the first time.

Karim expressed himself "very happy" with the result and pointed out that the team has finished every Le Mans Series race of the year except for one. Regular pilots Karim and Claude-Yves plan to be out again next year with their 07S. "We are looking for a fast, third driver," stated Karim.

The other Zytek 07S in the race, the Barazi-Epsilon car of Michael Vergers, Fernando Rees and Juan Barazi had been second fastest in class during qualifying. It was a potential that remained unfilled. An early spin by Fernando put the car to the back of the field. It never fully recovered, its race coming to an abrupt halt when, with Michael at the wheel, it left the road at about 160mph approaching the Maggotts/Becketts section of the track.

 

- Ian Wagstaff -

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15.09.2008 / MaP

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