Comprent up for the Challenge. The highly successful IMSA Prototype Lites outfit Comprent Motor Sports is prepared to take up the challenge for anyone wanting to run in the American Le Mans Series' new Le Mans Prototype Challenge category in ...
Comprent up for the Challenge.
The highly successful IMSA Prototype Lites outfit Comprent Motor Sports is prepared to take up the challenge for anyone wanting to run in the American Le Mans Series' new Le Mans Prototype Challenge category in 2010.
"I think it's time we ran a big car again," said team owner Kevin Kloepfer, who ran a successful Camel Light GTP car in 1993.
"We understand `spec' categories and know what it takes to win them. We will be treating any LMP Challenge program with the same methodical and thorough approach. It will compliment our IMSA Prototype Lites program perfectly."
Comprent opened its doors in 1988 and since its inception has fielded championship winning open-wheelers and sports cars in both SCCA and IMSA competition, and in 2006 focused its competition arm on IMSA Prototype Lites, the feeder category to the American Le Mans Series.
As well as being the customer service representative for Elan Motorsport Technologies' DP-02 Lites One chassis and providing trackside spares and support for the series, Comprent has been a dominant force on the circuit.
In 2008 Comprent won both the IMSA Prototype Lites 1 Teams' Championship and Drivers' Championship with Jonathan Goring, winning ten races from twelve and setting multiple track records.
This year Comprent backed up its Championship winning performance by running five cars. Three of those drivers Tom Drewer, Jonathan Gore and Charlie Shears, all finished on the podium, gaining another five podium positions and two qualifying pole positions for Comprent.
"As the results show, every Comprent IMSA Prototype Lites driver over the last two years has been given a car capable of winning. We are very proud of that. That is exactly what we strive for, and what each of our engineers and mechanics are committed to achieving.
We are a winning team and we are more than prepared to take on a LMP Challenge car. I have a full race budget prepared. We have sourced the personnel and the additional infrastructure. All we need now is the drivers."
At the recent test three past and present Comprent drivers, Grand-Am's Andrew Davis, Australia's Tom Drewer and Jonathan Gore all drove the ORECA Courage, while key Comprent staff looked on.
"All three drivers expressed how great the car was to drive, and that anyone with IMSA Lites, open wheeler or closed sports car experience would find it a natural progression to make.
From a team and engineering standpoint we are very impressed by the package the ALMS and ORECA Courage have put together.
I can confirm that we are discussing running a car for two of those drivers, but I am calling for all expressions of interest.
An ALMS prototype drive is now affordable. It's the opportunity to race at Sebring and Petit Le Mans, and offer sponsors the exposure of televised broadcasts.
This really is a chance to race against the likes of Audi and McNish. LMP Challenge is the perfect stepping-stone for drivers looking towards factory-backed prototype drives. "
Based on the French ORECA-Courage Formula Le Mans car raced in Europe the LMPC is derived from ORECA's LMP1 chassis.
It features a full carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and is powered by a General Motors 6.2L `stock' V8 engine coupled to an Xtrac six-speed paddle shift sequential gearbox. The LMPC uses carbon-carbon brakes and will run on Michelin control tyres.
However, the exotic nature of the LMPC car may not be its biggest draw card. In 2010 the American Le Mans Series will feature only two prototype categories, LMP and LMPC, with the exception of the two endurance races where the ACO's LMP1 and 2 distinctions will be made.
This will give the LMPC cars an extremely high profile in the sport and guarantees maximum exposure for drivers and sponsors through the Series' nationwide and worldwide television broadcasts and promotional activities.