Laguna Seca: Harold Primat Friday report

HAROLD PRIMAT FLIES IN PRACTICE IN LAGUNA SECA It was Harold Primat who set the fastest Creation lap (1:16.490) of the two hour practice session here in Laguna Seca, California, this morning, just before being caught out under braking at Turn 5...

HAROLD PRIMAT FLIES IN PRACTICE IN LAGUNA SECA

It was Harold Primat who set the fastest Creation lap (1:16.490) of the two hour practice session here in Laguna Seca, California, this morning, just before being caught out under braking at Turn 5 and running off the circuit in the closing stages of the session. The mistake was minor and the resulting kiss with the tyre barrier caused only slight cosmetic damage.

Harold has never been to Laguna before, but is clearly relishing the challenge as his lap tims show. On Wednesday evening, in an effort to speed up the learning process, the super-fit Swiss was to be found running around the track with team mate Nic Minassian to create their own brand of 'pace notes'. Harold said, "I might have to get Nic to talk me round using the notes like in rallying -- left 90, hard brake, crest etc, etc! I'm only joking of course, but it was really useful to be able to make notes on the way round the track and then I could look at them afterwards and visualise the track."

The novel experience obviously paid off, Primat flying the flag for the Creation squad in what is only his second outing for the team. Each time the Creation Autosportif team visits the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it is special in the eyes of the team's co-founder, Mike Jankowski, as it marks a homecoming for the Californian entrepreneur.

Raised in San Diego, in 2004 Jankowski made his dream come true to bring his team to his home state and he is confident that this year the "Blue Rocket", the Creation-Judd prototype, will be perfectly suited to the challenges of the 2.238 mile track and is a potential race winner.

Five of the team stayed in the USA after the Road Atlanta race to re-prepare the car and ensure it, and all that the team has in North America, made it to California safely.

Both team and drivers, will be looking for a repeat of their 2004 Laguna Seca pole position. After leading for all but one lap of the first hour in that year's race, the Zytek-engined car was then retired at half distance due to water pump failure. After a super successful run at Petit Le Mans just three weeks ago, in which the team missed a podium by less than one minute, the Creation crew are highly motivated and extremely confident of concluding unfinished business here in Laguna.

-credit: hp

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