Strongest Ever Line Up For Zytek Motorsport

Strongest Ever Line Up For Zytek Motorsport

30.03.2009: New car and teams make the British manufacturer a favourite Zytek Motorsport starts this Sunday’s 1,000km of Catalunya with its strongest ever line-up for a Le Mans Series race. Thanks to an impressive new design and two

New car and teams make the British manufacturer a favourite

Zytek Motorsport starts this Sunday’s 1,000km of Catalunya with its strongest ever line-up for a Le Mans Series race.  Thanks to an impressive new design and two new front running teams, the Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S is a potential winner in both the LMP1 and LMP2 categories.

The team of Zytek engineers has been working hard during the close season to create a prototype that meets the ACO’s stringent 2009 regulations and yet improves on the pace of the car that so impressed towards the end of last season. Again Zytek has produced a racer – what Chief Designer Tim Holloway modestly calls “a good package” - that is said to be easy to drive yet which, in pre-season testing, showed itself to be one of the quickest in the field.

At Paul Ricard, the LMP2 version was almost a second faster than its nearest competitor. Its LMP1 counterpart – which uses the all new 4.5-litre Zytek ZJ458 engine - was one of the quickest in the category there to run with the correct 2009 aero package.

Four Zytek-engined cars start the Barcelona race. Danny Watts, who led in the early stages of last year’s Petit Le Mans race in a Ginetta-Zytek, heads the driver line up for the Strakka Racing LMP1 GZ09S. Peter Hardman and Nick Leventis will also be driving for this well-run team, which moves up from the GT classes to compete in a prototype category for the first time.

Olivier Pla, who was Danny’s team mate at Petit Le Mans, will again drive for Quifel-ASM, alongside Miguel Amaral. The Portuguese operation, an established runner in the LMP2 class, has stepped up to become a pre-season favourite by also acquiring a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S.

Joining ASM in the LMP2 category will be the enthusiastic GAC Racing Team (formerly Trading Performance). It will run the Zytek 07S with which it competed last season, the drivers once again being Karim Ojjeh and Claude-Yves Gosselin. The WR team will be back with it own chassis, powered by an example of the 2007 Le Mans class winning 3.4-litre ZG348 engine. The French team has an improved driver line-up for this season with the rapid Tristan Gommendy joining regular drivers Stéphane and Phillipe Salini.


-  Ian Wagstaff-  photo Strakka Racing

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30.03.2009 / MaP

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