Portimao: Zytek race report

Zytek Customer Takes Second in Algarve Team Bruichladdich produces strong comeback in Portugal British outfit Team Bruichladdich finished on the podium at the third round of the Le Mans Series - the 1000km do Algarve - with its Ginetta-Zytek...

Zytek Customer Takes Second in Algarve

Team Bruichladdich produces strong comeback in Portugal

British outfit Team Bruichladdich finished on the podium at the third round of the Le Mans Series - the 1000km do Algarve - with its Ginetta-Zytek 09SB.

Despite early issues, when the brake caliper was damaged by tyre pickup, the Le Mans Series regulars produced a controlled and efficient run back up the order to finish second in the LMP2 class and fifth overall.

Fellow Zytek LMP2 campaigner Quifel-ASM suffered a spin whilst challenging for the class lead. The damage sustained returning to the track required extensive repairs. Although the Portuguese team did make it back into the race, its return was to prove short lived as the car was soon found to have sustained more damage than was initially thought and it retired after 91 laps.

John Manchester, Zytek Motorsport Operations Director said, "This is an excellent and thoroughly deserved result for Team Bruichladdich. To finish second in class and fifth overall is a great credit to the team. We were also extremely pleased with the overall performance of our cars this weekend. With our ongoing development programme we hope to make further improvements at the two remaining races."

Karim Ojjeh, Team Bruichladdich driver stated, "My first stint was very good. Five laps into my second stint I experienced a lot of vibration from pick up. I called in stating that this was causing safety issues. I decided to pit for new tyres. The vibration stopped and all was well. However, after four laps, the team called me in. Upon investigating the wheels and trims, a lot of pick up was seen in the inside of the front left trim with some brake fluid. It was decided to change the brake calipers * an excellent call from the team, as had I continued, I would have had no front brakes. We lost eight laps. Unbelievably we came back from this to finish second in class and fifth overall, our first podium finish of the season."

-source: zytek

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Karim Ojjeh