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Zytek To Build On Recent Successes !Ginetta-Zyteks look for more wins in Germany Zytek Motorsport plans to cap a highly successful few weeks at this Sunday's ADAC 1,000km of the Nurburgring. In one month, a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S has dominated its...

Zytek To Build On Recent Successes !Ginetta-Zyteks look for more wins in Germany

Zytek Motorsport plans to cap a highly successful few weeks at this Sunday's ADAC 1,000km of the Nurburgring. In one month, a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S has dominated its class in a round of the Le Mans Series; a hybrid version of the GZ09S has claimed the first ever podium place for a hybrid prototype while Zytek Automotive has been revealed as the operation responsible for developing the ground breaking KERS electric motor and power electronics that assisted Lewis Hamilton's McLaren to a ground-breaking victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Three Repton-built Zyteks are entered for this weekend's event, round four of the Le Mans Series. Included will be the Quifel-ASM owned GZ09S that won the LMP2 class so convincing at the previous race, the 1,000m of Algarve. The driver pairing of Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral not only led the contest virtually from start to finishing, winning by over two laps but were also easily the quickest in qualifying and in each practice session. Their performance makes them obvious and firm favourites for honours at the famous German track.

The Quifel-ASM entry will be backed up by the Zytek 07S of the GAC Racing Team that so nearly followed it home in second place, only falling back to third in the closing stages of the Portuguese race. The drivers will be Philipp Peter, who has helped to transform the team into a front-runner this season, Karim Ojjeh and Claude-Yves Gosselin. A third entry in the LMP2 class to use Zytek's rapid 3.4-litre ZG348 engine will be the WR Salini of the Salini brothers, Stephane and Philippe, and Tristan Gommendy.

Over the past weekend a hybrid Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 car, that of Corsa Motorsports, has again finished a round of the American Le Mans Series. The performance at Road America built on the podium position scored by this unique car on its debut at Lime Rock. The Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 entered for the ADAC 1,000km of the Nurburgring will, however, be the conventionally powered GZ09S of Strakka Racing. Its driver Danny Watts has consistently shown just how fast the 4.5-litre ZJ458 engined car can be, setting pole position time for the earlier LMS round in Barcelona and being quickest during the first two practice sessions at the Algarve as well as challenging for overall honours in the early stages of the race. Nick Leventis will again partner him.

The 195-lap ADAC 1,000km of the Nurburgring starts at 12.30pm on Sunday with practice on Friday and further practice and qualifying the following day. The event is one of the world's classic endurance races with a history that dates back to 1953. Zytek Motorsport already has a successful record here having won outright with a 04S driven by Tom Chilton and Hayanari Shimoda in 2005. Now the Strakka, Quifel-ASM and GAC teams look forward to emulating that result.

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Tom Chilton , Hayanari Shimoda , Tristan Gommendy , Olivier Pla , Miguel Amaral , Claude-Yves Gosselin , Karim Ojjeh , Philipp Peter , Nick Leventis , Danny Watts
Teams Strakka Racing