Silverstone: Larbre Competition preview

Crucial weekend for Larbre Competition at Silverstone Text With just three points separating the top three teams in the overall standings of the GT1 class in the Le Mans Series, Round 5 of the championship at Silverstone is set to be ...

Crucial weekend for Larbre Competition at Silverstone Text

With just three points separating the top three teams in the overall standings of the GT1 class in the Le Mans Series, Round 5 of the championship at Silverstone is set to be crucial.

Larbre Competition arrive in the UK lying third overall, but having produced a strong performance in the last round at Spa-Francorchamps, where they took second place despite a stop/go penalty and some misfortune during the race's numerous safety car periods, hopes of a first win of the 2007 season remain high.

Having secured podiums at every round so far, victory in Northamptonshire would undoubtedly strengthen the team's championship credentials. Two of the drivers in the team's leading Car 50 gained valuable track-time in last weekend's Silverstone 24 Hours, with Fabrizio Gollin and Gabriele Gardel finish fourth overall and second on class in a BMW M3, and confidence is high.

Fabrizio Gollin: "The championship is so close and so we are very determined to get a good result at Silverstone. I feel that we will be very close to the pace of the Saleen and if we can have the luck which deserted us at Spa then there is no reason why we can't take maximum points."

Gabriele Gardel: "We're delighted to be running the same basic specification of car we had at Spa because we were much more competitive there. We desperately want to win the title, for me it would be my third in a row which would be an achievement I would be very proud of."

Christophe Bouchut: "We've made a couple of modifications since Spa so I think the car will be better at Silverstone. It's a demanding circuit and setup is always tricky because the final part of the track is quite slow and technical, but then there are some very fast sections and long straights. It's a question of finding the right aero package for the car."

Car 51 meanwhile also enjoyed its most competitive outing of the season at Spa in the last round of the championship, running as high as fourth before settling for sixth place. Britain's Gregor Fisken arrives at his home race having won his class in the Silverstone 24 Hours last weekend, with all three drivers looking for the car's best result of the season.

Gregor Fisken: "To be able to race in front of my home crowd and also my family and friends is always very special, but to do it in an Aston Martin, at the marque's home circuit, is extra special. Aston Martin has such a rich heritage of long distance GT racing in the UK and to play my small part in that history by racing the DBR9 at Silverstone is something I am not only looking forward to, but will be immensely proud of."

Gregory Franchi: "I love Silverstone. It's a very fast circuit, but also very flat and smooth and I think it will really suit the Aston Martin DBR9. We want to finish the European season on a high and so our target for the race is to beat the Corvette and score some solid championship points."

Steve Zacchia: "We showed at Spa that the car was competitive and so we are confident heading into the race at Silverstone. Obviously we'll have to work hard to make sure the set-up is right, but we want to score as many points as we can this weekend, whilst a podium finish would be a real bonus."

-credit: lc

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