DAMAGE DELAYS HALT STRONG SPA SHOWING FOR CREATION
The end result of today's fourth round of the 2007 Le Mans Series was all the more disappointing for the spirited little team which never gives up, as they had been running strongly in the top four for most of the first three hours of the 1,000 kilometre race. The Creation CA07 was classified in 16th place, 13 laps down on the winning Peugeot 908 Hdi of Lamy and Sarrazin.
Jamie Campbell-Walter made a great start to the race at the infamous Ardennes circuit in Belgium, and was running in third position by the end of the first hour. Despite an unscheduled pit stop for a suspected puncture, JCW was able to keep the car in contention for the whole of his double stint.
"Jamie did exactly the right thing at the start," said Team Manager Ian Bickerton after the race. "He got us into a good position to challenge with the Pescarolos, Zytek and Charouz Lola. Our car was superb today, and we are definitely as quick as all these cars now. The boys also did a cracking job on the pit stops, and won it for us on a couple of occasions, getting us out before everyone else."
A puncture when Felipe Ortiz was behind the wheel unfortunately lost the #9 car a little time, but the real halt in progress came when Japanese driver Shinji Nakano, on his out lap at the beginning of his stint, had a coming together with a GT2 Porsche at Stavelot. The resulting damage to Creation's car, and delay in the pits for repairs, meant that the team lost any chance of finishing within the top six.
"I think I can say that the team will be looking further into the incident," said a tight-lipped Bickerton. "It was desperately disappointing as the car went really well this weekend, having found some pace at our short test at Magny Cours. It now runs well on the medium Dunlop tyre, so that's something else we have made good progress with.
"Our Japanese partners from AIM Industries were here to see us this weekend and they are very happy, despite the end result, as they can see where we are going and what we can do. So it's onwards and upwards now to Silverstone."