Greaves Motorsport Imola LMP2 Victory Report

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Greaves Motorsport Imola LMP2 Victory Report

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari

A true Team Performance brings third victory of the year for LMS P2 championship

Greaves Motorsport took a clear victory in the LM P2 class, in the Six Hours of Imola, held on July 3 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near Bologna. Against strong opposition the driver trio of Tom Kimber-Smith, Olivier Lombard and Karim Ojjeh moved steadily through the field to assume the lead with about one hour to run of the race.

The victory was achieved as a result of a real team effort that started well before the transporter arrived in Italy. After the elation of taking a win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there was a reality check when the Zytek Z11SN Nissan was brought back to base. The car had sustained serious damage as a result of running over debris and the tub required to be stripped down before remedial work could commence. The crew worked long hours to get the Zytek ready before the deadline of the Imola race. The result demonstrates the effectiveness of their efforts.

#41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan: Karim Ojjeh, Tom Kimber-Smith, Olivier Lombard, #15 Oak Racing Oak Pescarolo - Judd: Guillaume Moreau, Pierre Ragues
#41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan: Karim Ojjeh, Tom Kimber-Smith, Olivier Lombard, #15 Oak Racing Oak Pescarolo - Judd: Guillaume Moreau, Pierre Ragues

Photo by: DPPI

Team Principal, Tim Greaves paid tribute to the team’s efforts after the race.

“This win was pretty special. The team did a fantastic job in getting the car turned round in the time available and their preparation and attention to detail are second to none, particularly after the exhausting victory at Le Mans.

All three drivers drove brilliantly on a crowded, tight track. It was a real team effort with everyone giving 100%. The only problem that we encountered during the race was during Olivier’s stint. Concrete from the kerbs breaking up was picked up by the tyres and the noise indicated that we had a potentially serious problem. We made an extra stop and the issue was investigated and solved.

At that point we expected a second place result but Level 5, who had led the race till late, hit problems and we were in a position to capitalise on their misfortune.

It was another great result for Nissan, who together with our partners, Zytek and Dunlop have provided us with a very competitive package.

We know that we need to work getting the final percentages of pace out of the car and have a programme of summer tests planned.

It has been a real struggle to get to the top and we know that staying there will be even harder, given the quality of our opposition. We are looking forward to our home race at Silverstone in September and hope that we can show our supporters a similar performance and result.”

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Tags greaves, kimber-smith, lombard, nissan, ojjeh, zytek