Early Race Lead for Ginetta-Zytek; Stunning pace puts new car under the spotlight Twelve laps in possession of the overall lead has been the high point of a rollercoaster ride for the new Ginetta-Zytek 07S during the first five hours of the...
Early Race Lead for Ginetta-Zytek; Stunning pace puts new car under the spotlight
Twelve laps in possession of the overall lead has been the high point of a rollercoaster ride for the new Ginetta-Zytek 07S during the first five hours of the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. Around the forty-four minute mark of the 10-hour or 1,000 mile race, Danny Watts powered past all three works Porches into the lead of the American Le Mans Series flagship event.
For a full 15 minutes the 4.5-litre engined car, which is making its first competitive appearance, pulled away from the rest of the field. Danny reported that it was a joy to drive. The young Englishman clearly felt at home in the Ginetta-Zytek driving superbly, dominating a field containing many of the world's top endurance racers.
As Danny exited the pits after his first stop of the afternoon the safety car was deployed in response to an incident on track. This enabled his competitors to pit for fuel and tyres whilst the pack were slowed behind the safety car, thus saving valuable time and pushing Danny down the leader board. The Ginetta-Zytek driver was not to be deterred, however, and carved his way past a number of cars before further yellows, which have been a defining feature of the race so far, caught the team out. Olivier Pla then took over the Team LNT entered 07S but, after a promising first stint, an incident with a GT2 competitor resulted not only in brake damage but also stop-go penalties. The time spent repairing the car behind the wall has meant that it has now lost many laps on the leaders although it is still in fourth place in the LMP1 class.
The other Ginetta-Zytek 07S in the race, the Corsa Motorsports car also had a storming start to the race and was up to fourth overall and second in the LMP1 class. It was a tremendous performance for the team which is new to prototype racing, with the car ahead of many of the highly experienced runners. Sadly, this great run came to an end not long after driver Johnny Mowlem had handed over to Stefan Johansson. The car left the road at Turn 12, mounting the tyre barriers in spectacular fashion. Thankfully, Stefan was unhurt and able to walk away from the accident.