Laguna Seca: Zytek Motorsports race report

Zytek Leads Again; Podium place and first privateer status for Corsa at Laguna Seca A Zytek 07S has held the overall lead in an American Le Mans Series round for the second race running. "The Zytek has always been a great car, especially in a...

Zytek Leads Again; Podium place and first privateer status for Corsa at Laguna Seca

A Zytek 07S has held the overall lead in an American Le Mans Series round for the second race running. "The Zytek has always been a great car, especially in a race situation," said Stefan Johansson, who, half way through, headed last weekend's Monterey Sports Car Championship race at Laguna Seca, California driving for the Corsa Motorsports team.

Despite the fact that the Zytek was tapped by a rival LMP1 car early in the race, former Grand Prix driver Stefan was able to take the lead on pace just under two hours into the four-hour contest. He maintained this until an eventual pit stop, after which a series of minor problems dropped the car back a lap. However, Stefan and team mate Johnny Mowlem were able to maintain third place in the LMP1 class until the end of the race. They were also the first privateer team to finish.

"I was very encouraged by our race pace," said Stefan. "We were easily able to split the two factory Audis. What we now have in the pipeline in terms of chassis and (hybrid) engine development during the close season bodes extremely well for next year.

"I'm delighted for (owner and team principal) Steve Pruitt and the entire Corsa Motorsports team, and Zytek Motorsport as well," added Johnny. "We raced to a good LMP1 podium. The car was quick, especially early on when there was heat in the track. It was a little bit trickier as it got cooler. We were conserving fuel at the end."

Zytek made its 2008 LMP1 debut in the ALMS at the previous round, the 10-hour Petit Le Mans. There the UK-based Team LNT 07S, which did not contest the Laguna Seca race, had led overall during the early stages of the race while the Corsa Motorsports car had been in fourth place when an accident curtailed its progress. At Laguna Seca, Corsa was able to make use, for the first time, of the new Zytek 4.5-litre ZJ458, an example of which made its debut in the Team LNT car at Petit Le Mans.

"It's been a dream of mine since getting involved in racing to compete for podiums, wins and championships, and this is just the beginning for Corsa Motorsports and Zytek. We see this as the first of many to come," said Steve Pruitt.

-credit: zm

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