Nurburgring: Zytek Motorsport race report

Zytek Customer Has Best Ever Result Zytek customer, Embassy Racing had its best ever result today in the ADAC 1000km Rennen at the Nurburgring. Both Embassy WF01 LMP2 cars, powered by Zytek ZG348 engines, completed the full distance, the first...

Zytek Customer Has Best Ever Result

Zytek customer, Embassy Racing had its best ever result today in the ADAC 1000km Rennen at the Nurburgring. Both Embassy WF01 LMP2 cars, powered by Zytek ZG348 engines, completed the full distance, the first time this has happened for the brand new-for-2008 cars. The number 46 WF01 of Indianapolis 500 racer Darren Manning and Joey Foster even pushed for a podium position towards the end of the race, eventually finishing fourth and 11th overall. A leaking tyre valve meant that the team had to carry out a half stint early in the race when, as Darren recalls, it was ready to challenge for third or even second place.

The second Zytek-engined WF01, the number 45 of Warren Hughes and Jonny Kane finished seventh in class after a troubled day. It was a case of, as Warren observes, "What might have been". Early technical problems meant that the team was playing catch up for much of the race. Added to this, Warren felt unwell during the early stages of the event making the eventual result all the more commendable.

Practice had indicated that one of Zytek's 07S chassis also had podium potential, Nurburgring first-timer Fernando Rees having achieved second fastest time in the Saturday morning session in the Barazi-Epsilon entry. However, joint-owner Juan Barazi spun exiting the very first bend and then, in the second hour was involved in an accident with a GT1 Corvette. By the time the car, now driven by team-mate Michael Vergers, had been assaulted by an errant LMP2 competitor, it was decidedly second hand, a splitter and three fenders having been replaced. The race, reports Michael, "was a lot of hard work."

By contrast, the second Zytek 07S of Karim Ojjeh and Claude-Yves Gosselin had a fairly untroubled race to finish 10th in class. It was the first time that Karim had driven as many as four hours in a 1,000km race. "The car was fantastic," he again reports. "No problems."

Brake maladies and then an accident which resulted in a long pit stop towards the end meant that the fifth Zytek ZG348-engined car, the WR of Stephane and Phillippe Salini and Partice Roussel, was unable to complete 70 per cent of the race and was, therefore, not classified.

-credit: zytek.co.uk

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Darren Manning , Joey Foster , Michael Vergers , Jonny Kane , Warren Hughes , Claude-Yves Gosselin , Juan Barazi , Karim Ojjeh , Fernando Rees