Magny-Cours: JMB Racing race report

Second Place For JMB Racing Europe At Magny Cours! Miramar, May 3, 2004: After the encouraging results during the second round of the Championship in Spain (fourth place for the leading car, and all three cars in the points), JMB Racing Europe...

Second Place For JMB Racing Europe At Magny Cours!

Miramar, May 3, 2004: After the encouraging results during the second round of the Championship in Spain (fourth place for the leading car, and all three cars in the points), JMB Racing Europe headed for the Magny-Cours circuit with the intention of claiming a podium finish.

With an engine evolution added to the homogenous driver line-up and greater knowledge of the car by drivers and the team's industry partner, MICHELIN, as well, a competitive race had been foretold, which was confirmed by a place on the second line on the starting grid for the # 17 F575 GTC driven by the Austrian trio of Wendlinger, Wolff and Lechner.

After an intelligent race, combining a policy of attacking with sufficient wisdom to avoid the many incidents which took place during this round, the three Austrian drivers were able to benefit from the time penalty awarded to the Maranello driven by Bobbi and Gardel due to a collision, to take second place from them after an intense battle.

The # 17 F575 GTC finished a few lengths behind the winning Saleen, and gave the JMB Racing Team its first podium finish of the season.

It was a less festive occasion for the # 18 car. After an excellent stint from Bert Longin, Ian Khan took over and looked like he would bring the car into the points, when a collision with an N-GT car meant that it had to return to the pits, where it was discovered that the car could not rejoin the race.

As for the # 19 team of Kutemann, Gosse and Daoudi, it showed excellent consistency. Daoudi made a very good start, getting the better of the F575 GTC driven by Naspetti before handing the car over.

Afterwards, with their regular, consistent times, P. Kutemann and A. Gosse brought the # 19 home in eleventh place, up against a horde of clever - and occasionally over-daring - rivals.

The fruit of a close collaboration between JMB Racing and N-Technology, the tuner appointed by Ferrari which has set up the F575 GTC and guarantees its development, the quality of the preparation of the JMB Racing Ferrari 575 GTC cars has been proved by the results obtained this season so far, and allows the team to envision the future in the best possible fashion, in order to continue the trend set by this first podium at the Nièvre circuit.

Therefore, JMB Racing suggests that you make a date for May 16th for the fourth round of the FIA GT Championship, at Hockenheim, in Germany.

-jmb-

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Ian Khan , Bert Longin