The Swiss Spirit team heads to the Nurburgring in Germany this weekend for Round Three of the Le Mans Series, where they'll be looking for their first win of the season following an impressive pole position and second place finish in Spa earlier...
The Swiss Spirit team heads to the Nurburgring in Germany this weekend for Round Three of the Le Mans Series, where they'll be looking for their first win of the season following an impressive pole position and second place finish in Spa earlier in the year and a strong showing in last month's Le Mans 24 Hours, where drivers Harold Primat, Marcel Fassler and Philip Peter sadly had to retire from a commendable 4th place overall with terminal gearbox problems.
Since Le Mans, the team has been working hard to ensure a fast and reliable display in Germany from their Courage LC70 LMP1 chassis.
Serge Saulnier: "We are all really looking forward to getting back to racing after the frustrations of Le Mans. A nice result would put that bitter taste behind us and, having secured our first podium at Spa in the last race, I am sure we can put up a strong fight. It will be especially interesting to see if Marcel's huge knowledge of the Nurburgring, after his six years in the DTM championship, will help our overall performance.
We have focused our concerns for this race on a braking issue which we have experienced on the slower circuits this year, and we have also worked on the suspension design to limit the understeer of the car in tight corners. Crucially though, we hope to have solved the gearbox problems that put us out of Le Mans. In theory the box should be very comfortable for just a 6 hour race and we hope that with our extra preparations it should definitely last the distance."
Harold Primat: "I can't wait to get back to racing after Le Mans and I hope that we can continue to show our pace as we have done since the beginning of the season. I think that it will again be very tough to beat the Pescarolo, but the team have been working really hard on the car and I expect our performance to be closer to them. I really want to be standing on the podium on Sunday afternoon. I know the Nurburgring well and although it is a bit tight for sportscar racing, I quite like it. You need to stay out of trouble as you only have one racing line, which can make it difficult to pass, but apart from that it's fun to drive."
Marcel Fassler: "I'm certainly looking forward to it -- I wish we had twice as many races in the Championship! Fortunately I have been able to fill the gap since Le Mans with some driving by testing the GT1 Aston Martin of the Phoenix team in Spa last week. The car is great and really fun to drive. When you come from a prototype it is harder to find the limit of the car but it gives you a lot of confidence when you try. I drove in the afternoon with old tyres and set very competitive lap times so I am happy with this. I cannot wait to go racing again though - I know the Nurburgring very well and like the circuit a lot. I also have a good history there, having finished on the podium a couple of times in the DTM. The race is going to be tough for LMP1 cars because it is so tight and I wouldn't be surprised to see some LMP2 cars going a bit faster than us, especially in the first sector. But in the second and last sectors, which have long fast corners and straights, we should be quicker. I expect a strong weekend for the team and should the car be reliable and competitive for 6 hours, we should finish on the podium."