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Zytek Season Starts Here Silverstone and Interlagos winner represents the marque at Sebring Customers for Zytek's rapid and reliable ZG348 LMP2 engine have increased this season following first and second place at the 2007 Le Mans 24-hours and...

Zytek Season Starts Here
Silverstone and Interlagos winner represents the marque at Sebring

Customers for Zytek's rapid and reliable ZG348 LMP2 engine have increased this season following first and second place at the 2007 Le Mans 24-hours and wins in Britain and Brazil. The Barazi-Epsilon team, victor at the Silverstone and Interlagos races, will be competing at Sebring this Saturday with its ZG348-engined Zytek 07S, an identical car to the factory entry that also claimed overall fourth place at last year's Petit Le Mans.

The close season has seen the works 07S sold to a new team, Trading Performance, which is headed by former Barazi-Epsilon driver, Karim Ojjeh. ZG348 engines are also being supplied to two new customers, Embassy Racing, which becomes a manufacturer for 2008 with two, Peter Elleray-designed chassis known as WF01s, and the long-established French manufacturer WR. All of these have been entered for the Europe-based Le Mans Series with both the Zytek 07S and one of the Embassy WF01s also listed to run in the Le Mans 24-hours itself.

The Barazi-Epsilon team brings its Zytek 07S to North America for the first time to compete in the 2008 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The drivers are two of the team that were victorious in the Silverstone 1,000kms and the Interlagos 1,000 miles. Team co-owner, Dane Juan Barazi and Dutchman Michael Vergers again share the car. Joining them for the first time is Frenchman, 2008 Atlantic Series driver Jean-Christophe Ravier. Providing support for Barazi-Epsilon at Sebring are Zytek race engineers Pete May and Sacha Potter.

"This is the first race for the new specification ZG348, which is a further development of the highly successful 2007 version," says Zytek operations director John Manchester. "Zytek is delighted that Barazi-Epsilon will be the first team to race this engine. It is confident that the new specification will increase the ZG348's chances of achieving more victories this season."

The Barazi-Epsilon team will be returning to Europe for the Barcelona 1,000 kms in April when it will be joined by the rest of this year's Zytek customers.

-credit: zytek

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Series ALMS
Drivers Michael Vergers , Juan Barazi