Silverstone: Zytek Friday practice report

Newly Crowned Champions Fastest At Silverstone Ginetta-Zytek racers have secured team and drivers' titles Newly crowned Le Mans Series LMP2 Team Champion Quifel-ASM Team has again shown its Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S to be the class of the field....

Newly Crowned Champions Fastest At Silverstone

Ginetta-Zytek racers have secured team and drivers' titles

Newly crowned Le Mans Series LMP2 Team Champion Quifel-ASM Team has again shown its Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S to be the class of the field. Today at Silverstone, driver Olivier Pla totally dominated the LMP2 category finishing the second practice session over two seconds quicker than the next in class

Quifel-ASM had started the week as clear favourite with a massive nine-point lead in the series. However, with its nearest rival having withdrawn from this, the final round of the LMS, the Portuguese team can now be hailed as LMP2 Team Champion. Its drivers, Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral have also clinched the LMP2 Drivers' title.

Olivier, who won the Grand Prix supporting GP2 race on his first ever visit to Silverstone, points out how well the combination of the team, Dunlop tyres and the Ginetta-Zytek has worked this season. "When I first drove the car at the end of last season I realised that it had unbelievable potential. It is a fantastic car to drive."

During the first of today's practice sessions, the Quifel-ASM was easily the fastest car in the LMP2 class, quicker than a number of LMP1s and over a second ahead of the next in class, another of the Repton-built Zyteks. This, the GAC Racing Team Zytek 07S of Karim Ojjeh, Claude-Yves Gosselin and Philipp Peter was, in turn, nearly 0.8 seconds ahead the third place LMP2. Another car to use Zytek's 3.4-litre ZG348 engine, the WR Salini of Stéphane and Philippe Salini, and Tristan Gommendy was fifth in class, an excellent performance from the little French team.

In the second session, Olivier further underlined the Ginetta-Zytek's dominance finishing in fourth place overall and ahead of eight of the more powerful LMP1s. The next LMP2 was over two seconds adrift of the GZ09S.

In the battle for overall honours the Strakka Racing Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S of Danny Watts and Nick Leventis again showed itself to be major contender. Having finished fourth in the first session Danny moved up to third during the evening practice with a time just over half a second shy of first place.

-credit: zytek

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