WELTER RACING RETURNING TO SEBRING WITH PEUGEOT POWER Braselton, Ga. - Welter Racing, holder of the fastest speed ever recorded on the famous Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans (1988), has entered a four-cylinder Peugeot engine LMP2 for this year's...
WELTER RACING RETURNING TO SEBRING WITH PEUGEOT POWER
Braselton, Ga. - Welter Racing, holder of the fastest speed ever recorded on the famous Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans (1988), has entered a four-cylinder Peugeot engine LMP2 for this year's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18. The French-based team will be making only its second appearance at the storied American endurance classic. In 2002 Welter Racing finished third in LMP675 with a Mazda-powered entry, two spots ahead of a Peugeot-powered Welter Racing entry.
Gerard Welter is no newcomer to endurance racing. Despite just one previous appearance at Sebring, Welter is well versed in endurance circuits, especially the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1993, Welter Racing claimed the Le Mans C3 class victory with its L4 T Peugeot 1905 cm3 powerplant entry that was driven by Patrick Gonin, Alain Lamouille and Bernard Santal. Aside from the 1993 class win, Welter Racing's career at La Sarthe also includes four second-place finishes and one third-place run.
The notable record speed occurred in 1988 under the auspices of "Project 400." With that project, Welter set out to build the first car to do 400 kph (248.54 mph) during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That year, Welter's low-drag designed WM Peugeot P88, driven by Roger Dorchy, with special narrow tires supplied by Michelin to help assist in the drag reduction, eclipsed 251 mph on the famed Mulsanne Straight. The record speed was later protected with the addition of chicanes, which were built into the straight in 1990.
The American Le Mans Series begins its 2006 season with the 54th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The 12-hour endurance classic is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. EST on March 18 at Sebring International Raceway. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be televised live on SPEED Channel in North America and MotorsTV in Europe. In addition, Greenlight Television will distribute the race worldwide to more than 510 million households. American Le Mans Series Radio will have flag-to-flag coverage available at www.americanlemans.com, along with IMSA Live Timing & Scoring.