Charouz team go with LMP1 to Spa Monza saw a thrilling battle a fortnight ago and the Le Mans Series competitors are heading for the third race of the season to Spa- Francorchamps this weekend. Like the Italian track also the track in...
Charouz team go with LMP1 to Spa
Monza saw a thrilling battle a fortnight ago and the Le Mans Series competitors are heading for the third race of the season to Spa- Francorchamps this weekend. Like the Italian track also the track in the Ardennes belongs to the motorsport jewels thanks to its rich history. Moreover, the 1000 km races have a big tradition there. The Charouz Racing System team will not obviously miss the event and like in the previous two rounds they will race with a brand new Aston Martin powered LMP1 prototype.
The relatively short break between the races at Monza and Spa was used by the team to carry out a complete rebuild of the prototype. While Aston Martin Racing engineers and mechanics led by the technical director George Howard-Chappell were busy with the car, drivers Jan Charouz and Stefan Mucke attended a big press conference in Prague.
The Four Seasons hotel located close to the famous Charles Bridge in the historic centre of Prague witnessed presentation. The two drivers were joined by Tomas Enge, who will take the wheel of the prototype in the 24 Hours Le Mans, team principal Antonin Charouz and also a special guest David Richards. One of the motorsport legends and also the boss of Prodrive and Aston Martin Racing was in the limelight of the journalists that crowded one of the hotel lounges.
The history of the 1000 km Spa Francorchamps race started in the 50' of the last century and the biggest popularity enjoyed in the 80' during the era of the Group C sport prototypes. This track simply can not absent in the Le Mans Series calendar. The seven kilometres long circuit is the longest track of the Le Mans Series.
Stefan Mucke: "Spa Francochamps is one of my favourites. I am always happy whenever I have an opportunity to race in the Ardennes. Monza was not the best race after some technical problems prevented us to repeat the performance from Barcelona and we hope that we will be able to fight in the full strength on Sunday. It means fight for a podium position." www.stefan- mucke.jgsm.de
Jan Charouz: "I am looking forward to this weekend. I think that every driver who drive at Spa-Francorchamps must immediately fall in love with the track. I am not an exception. The track is exceptionally long, over seven kilometres, and there is a chance that there will not be such a heavy traffic, so maybe we will be able to enjoy the racing more than on the shorter tracks."
Antonin Charouz, Team principal: "We were third on the grid at Spa last year, it was with Lola-Judd, and we were the best petrol car. Unfortunately, we were hit from the back and it dashed our hopes. I really wish that there would not be any repeat of the situation. I am pleased that our performances have been very well noticed. I received many calls from the people working in the motorsport, like in the DTM or F1, and they said that they had watched our team and they praised especially the job that we have done in the competition with the factory teams with considerably bigger budgets."