Champions Find That Practice Will Make Perfect After the second day of free practice for Saturday's opening round of the 2005 American Le Mans Series, the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the Care Larbre Ferrari 550 has been slowly but surely making...
Champions Find That Practice Will Make Perfect
After the second day of free practice for Saturday's opening round of the 2005 American Le Mans Series, the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the Care Larbre Ferrari 550 has been slowly but surely making its imprint amongst its competitors in the GT1 category.
A collaboration between Care Racing Development, owners of one of the most successful GT cars in recent years, and Larbre Competition -- GTS Champions in the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series with the same car -- has seen the French based team bring its 6-litre, V12 engined Ferrari to the US.
It is being driven by an all-star line up of Champions including reigning Champ Car Champion, Sebastien Bourdais, reigning Le Mans Endurance Series GTS Champion, Christophe Bouchut, and reigning FIA GT Champion, Fabrizio Gollin.
For Bourdais and Bouchut, Sebring presents an ideal opportunity for the two Frenchmen to drive together again after their race-winning partnership at the 2002 Spa 24 Hours. Both have a great deal of experience at Sebring.
Italian Gollin, a Florida resident now that he is competing for Doran Racing in the Rolex Sportscar Series, is making his Sebring debut and has spent much of the recent practice time available learning the track.
"It was very slippery this afternoon but I am learning. It is very important to know this track well because if you want to go faster you have to take a risk. I don't want to take those risks yet but I have been watching our competitors as I go round the track and all the time learning. I am using their experience at the same time as gaining my own! I know I have more feeling for the track now and, while I maybe can't do the fastest lap, I can do a good race."
Team owner Jack Leconte has raced here in Florida on 3 previous occasions, finishing as high as 2nd (in class). For him, despite the car not being as new or high profile as some of its competitors, a class win is more than a possibility.
"This is a very refined race car, whether you are talking about the aerodynamics or the suspension, the engine-gearbox unit or the transmission. Everything is spot-on and perfectly reliable. Providing we have no problems, and stay out of trouble, I think we have proved that we know how to win endurance races and that is definitely our aim."