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Ginetta-Zyteks Go Night Racing New Le Mans Series challenge for Repton-based manufacturer Following the historic podium for its hybrid prototype, Zytek Motorsport will be represented by three of its conventionally powered cars when the Le Mans...

Ginetta-Zyteks Go Night Racing

New Le Mans Series challenge for Repton-based manufacturer

Following the historic podium for its hybrid prototype, Zytek Motorsport will be represented by three of its conventionally powered cars when the Le Mans Series recommences this weekend in Portugal. Strakka Racing will vie for the overall lead with its LMP1 Ginetta-Zytek, the pole sitter at the season opener, while the Quifel-ASM Team and GAC Racing Team will be contesting the LMP2 class. A fourth Zytek-engined car will also be on the grid in the shape of the LMP2 WR Salini.

Round three of the Le Mans Series takes place at the new Algarve circuit, the first time that the championship has been to Portugal. Unusually, the 1000km do Algarve will start in the evening (7.15pm) of Saturday, August 1 and will thus finish in the dark. The nighttime running will emphasis the series' connection with the famous Le Mans 24-hour race.

In the LMP1 class Danny Watts, one of the quickest drivers in the LMS and the man who set pole position time in the first round at Barcelona, will drive the Strakka Racing LMP1 Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S. His partner in the two-driver line-up will again be Nick Leventis. The Strakka car successfully completed the grueling Le Mans contest in June, using the Zytek ZJ458 4.5-litre engine, which was making its 24-hour debut.

Three Zytek-powered cars will race in the LMP2 category includes one of the class favourites, the Quifel-ASM Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S driven by the regular pairing of Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral. Karim Ojjeh, Claude-Yves Gosselin and the rapid Philipp Peter again make up the trio of drivers for the GAC Racing Zytek Z07S. The WR Salini, which, like the above pair is powered by Zytek's ZG348 3.4-litre engine, sees a change of driver for the Algarve. The Salini brothers, Stéphane and Philippe will be joined by Bruce Jouanny who finished eighth overall at Le Mans this year. He replaces Tristan Gommendy who is on Superleague duty in England this weekend.

On July 19, Zytek Motorsport made history when a hybrid version of its Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S finished on the podium at Lime Rock, a round of the American Le Mans Series. It was the first time that a hybrid-powered prototype had competed in a race for Le Mans-style cars. Now the Repton, Derbyshire-based manufacturer looks forward to further success with three of its conventional, petrol-engined cars scheduled to race at the Algarve circuit this Saturday.

-credit: zytek.co.uk

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Bruce Jouanny , Tristan Gommendy , Olivier Pla , Miguel Amaral , Claude-Yves Gosselin , Karim Ojjeh , Philipp Peter , Nick Leventis , Danny Watts
Teams Strakka Racing