After a successful debut season in the American Le Mans Series, Team Cytosport has announced that will compete in select rounds of the European-based Le Mans Series, all leading up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, entry permitting. The Greg...
After a successful debut season in the American Le Mans Series, Team Cytosport has announced that will compete in select rounds of the European-based Le Mans Series, all leading up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, entry permitting. The Greg Pickett-led effort has purchased a Lola B07/10 Judd from Charouz Racing Systems, also forming a partnership between the two teams. Klaus Graf and Pickett return to the driver’s seat and are joined by sportscar veteran Jan Lammers for Le Mans.
"We are pleased to have put together this partnership with Anton?n Charouz/Charouz Racing Systems and are looking forward to bringing the Muscle Milk team to Europe” said Pickett, “It has been a personal life long dream for me to race at Le Mans, and to create such a professional program with such fantastic co-drivers Klaus and Jan is just outstanding. Add to that, we have confirmed that we will be racing on Michelins and that is just another card in our favor."
Pickett’s team ran a partial season in the ALMS last year with its Lola B06/10 AER, scoring four podiums in five race starts. The California-based team is expected to enter the first three 1000-km long LMS races at Barcelona, Spain (April 4-6), Monza, Italy (April 25-27) and Spa, Belgium (May 9-11). Then it will be off to Le Mans (June 14-15), before heading back stateside to finish the year in the ALMS. The team’s first race back in the series will come at Mid Ohio (July 18-19).
Team Jota, lead by Sam Hignett, will provide support to Team Cytosport’s European adventures. The UK-based faculty also housed Charouz’s efforts in 2007. The Czech team will compete this season with a new Lola B08/40 Judd Coupe, also in the LMS and Le Mans.
“I am really looking forward to my second year with team Cytosport,” said Graf. “We had a lot of success right out of the box last year, and we are going to be even stronger in 2008. To race in Europe and go to LeMans in cooperation with Charouz Racing Systems took a tremendous effort and I would like to thank Greg Pickett and Tony Charouz to make this happen.”
Charouz’s Lola B07/10 Judd made favorable impressions all last year with its blisteringly quick straight-line speed, and its fifth place overall finish at Le Mans.
“To compete again in the 24 hours of Le Mans as a driver in the top division with our Lola/Judd is simply fantastic,” Graf added. “We should have a very strong package as the car proved last year. Jan and I were team mates before; he is a great guy to work with and with his Le Mans experience he’s the perfect fit for our team. Together with Greg Pickett and myself we’ll have the perfect driver line up – I am sure we’re going to enjoy the race a lot. I love Le Mans, - what a race!”
Lammers, who will be competing in the LMS this year in the Horag Racing Porsche RS Spyder, will get the opportunity to run again at La Sarthe. It will be the Dutchman’s 21st start in the twice-around-the-clock French classic.
“I am delighted to enter my 21st Le Mans as a driver rather than team owner, driving for Team Cytosport/Charouz Racing Systems is a great combination,” said Lammers. “I have always thought that Klaus Graf is a tremendously undervalued driver and the fact that the team has recognized his quality tells me they know their business. Greg Pickett clearly compensates age for character and being 51 myself, I can subscribe to that.
“The car doesn’t know who is driving it; the only thing that matters is how it is driven versus the stopwatch. If a 70 year old does the right things he will beat a 20 year old who does the wrong things. Anton?n Charouz I know as my colleague seat holder of the Czech Republic A1GP Team, both Anton?n and Greg share a great genuine passion for the sport and this is reflected in how they run their sportscar teams and business. I am very proud to be part of the line up and hope that I can do the job how it needs to be done.”