Road Atlanta: Creation Autosportif retirement report

Creation's dream cut short at Petit Le Mans The British based Creation Autosportif team showed the American Le Mans Series that it meant business at today's 1000 mile Petit Le Mans event, although ultimately the team's dream of victory was ...

Creation's dream cut short at Petit Le Mans

The British based Creation Autosportif team showed the American Le Mans Series that it meant business at today's 1000 mile Petit Le Mans event, although ultimately the team's dream of victory was prematurely cut short due to an engine failure at one third distance.

In temperatures of 100oF plus (35oC), Nicolas Minassian and Jamie Campbell-Walter drove smoothly and strongly for three and a half hours, always at a pace with the front runners and nearly always in the top four. The team were complimented by officials on their clean and trouble-free debut in the series.

Despite that, everyone within Creation was understandably disappointed at the end result. After extensive investigation, Ian Bickerton, co-owner and team manager, said: "It's the first engine failure we've had, it's very unusual. I'm very disappointed after such a good showing here. We will be at Laguna though and we know what it's all about now -- we are no longer the new kids on the block."

Fellow team owner, Mike Jankowski, added, "I'm pretty gutted really. We worked very hard and you try, and try -- engine failures are something which haven't really happened to us before but that's racing I guess."

British driver, Jamie Campbell-Walter, was at the wheel of the DBA4-03S Zytek when he felt an engine vibration and brought the car back to the pits. After the decision was made to retire the car, he considered what he and the team had achieved. "It's been a good week and it's just such a shame. We' ve come a long way and put a lot of effort into it, all of us. To be honest I didn't expect to come here and have a problem with the engine, or anything in relation to it. All year it's been strong, and we've only had other little things go wrong so it was unexpected. It's certainly a tough, old race here but, having said that, the car was running good and we were staying out of trouble and I think we could have definitely been on for a podium. Onwards and upwards though, on to Laguna, which apparently will suit our car even more than here and we'll be going for pole there for sure. Something to look forward to then, and hopefully we can show America just how good we really are!

Nicolas Minassian was equally philosophical. "Well, I'm disappointed for sure but we were very quick, we nearly had pole position and we know we can race well now against the other prototypes in the ALMS. I'm looking forward to Laguna very much and hopefully we will be able to finish the job there we started here."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Jamie Campbell-Walter