HIGHCROFT RACING SIGN GREGOR FISKEN FOR SEBRING 12 HOURS Highcroft Racing has signed London-based Scottish racing driver, Gregor Fisken, to join team owner Duncan Dayton, and co-driver Rick Knoop, for the forthcoming Sebring 12 Hours on 18th...
HIGHCROFT RACING SIGN GREGOR FISKEN FOR SEBRING 12 HOURS
Highcroft Racing has signed London-based Scottish racing driver, Gregor Fisken, to join team owner Duncan Dayton, and co-driver Rick Knoop, for the forthcoming Sebring 12 Hours on 18th March - the blue ribbon opening round of the American Le Mans Series.
Gregor Fisken, a reputed classic car dealer based in South Kensington, was delighted with the news: "I am delighted that my old friend Duncan Dayton asked me to join his team for such a prestigious race. This is great news and I look forward to the race in March. We had a very positive test on 23rd, 24th and 25th January in Sebring, the team did a great job, the car looks stunning and we have a very good package for the first race of the 2006 American Le Mans Series. We are under no illusion that we can compete against the Audi and Porsche works teams -- they are in a different league -- but with Duncan and Rick -- we have a strong driver line-up and if we stay out of trouble in the race we are on for the top ten finish."
Highcroft Racing purchased the ex-works MG-Lola, ex-Dyson, LMP1 car at the end of last year. Although the car is in its final season as an eligible modern racing prototype, Fisken is confident the team has a strong technical package which could surprise a few people in 2006. Gregor commented: "Dyson was always at the front last year with this car and although we will be racing against the new generation of LMP1 and LMP2 cars in 2006, I cannot see why we shouldn't stay at the front of the pack. Highcroft Racing originally comes from historic racing, but they have made some serious technical investments over the winter and a lot of key personnel have joined the team."
Sebring 2006 will be the second time Gregor Fisken races at the famous track in a modern sportscar, although the first time in a 'prototype'. Gregor said: "Last year I drove an LMP2 prototype for the Intersport team. I did well and joined them again for Le Mans and then we won Portland! Back in Europe, I moved to the LMP1 class and raced with JOTA at the Nurburgring and Istanbul 1000kms races. So it is a natural progression to race an LMP1 car with Highcroft Racing and I can't wait for the start of the race weekend!
At the official test the team concentrated on fine tuning the car for the endurance rather than looking for outright speed over one lap. Gregor Fisken commented: "I enjoyed my first test with the team. We hired Andy Wallace to help set-up the car because not only does he know it so well, but also it'll be run on new Dunlop tyres which require some adjustments to the set-up. Duncan Dayton wanted to make sure we were going in the right direction engineering-wise and Andy -- a Le Mans winner - was the best driver for that. I am delighted with the way the car is performing and we are extremely happy with the support and the progress made by Dunlop. I am very proud of racing a British car on British tyres!
Finally, Fisken concluded: "Sebring is the hardest 12-hour Endurance race in the world: the weather is always hot and the circuit is very bumpy. It is tough on cars and on drivers and the attrition rate is always high. During the official test, we developed a good chassis-engine-tyre set-up, Duncan, Rick and I get on well and the crew is excellent. If we stay out of trouble during the race, we are in for a top ten finish-- and if luck is on our side, we could be even further up at the end of the race!"