Spa: Pescarolo preview

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - THE REFEREE Third test in the Le Mans Series 2008 Championship, but the final meeting before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this race on the legendary circuit of Ardennes will, for some, be the confirmation of what everyone has...

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - THE REFEREE

Third test in the Le Mans Series 2008 Championship, but the final meeting before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this race on the legendary circuit of Ardennes will, for some, be the confirmation of what everyone has been observing since the start of the season, but for others the final opportunity to turn the tables before the arrival of Le Mans. For Peugeot, it will mean maintaining dominance over Audi, and for the German manufacturer it will be vital to show that the king of Endurance has not yet lost his crown!

For the people at Pescarolo Sport, 4th in Barcelona and on the 3rd step of the podium in Monza, it will be necessary once again to pull off a few miracles, faced with a particularly unfavourable regulation for traditional petrol engine specifications.

A dazzling past in Spa for the Sarthois team.

The circuit of Spa-Francorchamps is certainly the most difficult circuit in the Endurance season. It is one of the last circuits " for men ". It demands both courage and bravery from the drivers, but also driving finesse. These are precisely the the qualities of the Pescarolo Sport drivers. It also requires a car that is both rapid and cutting edge, but highly supported for optimum negotiation, as much for the tight hairpins like " La Source " as for the countless large curves including the famous Raidillon de l'Eau Rouge. Once again these are the main qualities of the Pescarolo 01, designed and built in the workshops of the Sarthe. In addition you only need to look at the team's track record to be convinced of it, .perhaps with the memory of a certain race tour record set in a Matra 670B in 262,641km/h average by " the Boss " which marked the history of Endurance, and which still stands!

2002: victory of Boullion/Bourdais
2003: 2nd Sarrazin/Lagorce
2005: 2nd Boullion/Collard, birth of the lucky team!
2006: victory of Boullion/Collard
2007: 2nd Boullion/Collard

Confirm position as heir behind the two greats

Pescarolo is currently 3rd in the Manufacturer Championship, behind Peugeot and Audi.

In spite of disappointment due to the withdrawal of the N16 following the rupture of a brake disc in Monza, but thanks to the superb race of the N 17 that finished on the podium, and in the wake of a very fine overall result of the two cars in Barcelona, Pescarolo Sport is on the heels of the two great manufacturers in the Championship. It now remains to be confirmed in Spa. For this, the team has not stood idle. It was indeed necessary to repair the damaged vehicle, continue to advance the two cars and build the necessary spare parts for the whole Pescarolo Automobiles Group. No long May Day weekend at Pescarolo Sport: it was in the workshops of the Technoparc that the mechanics were parading! Everone will be on top form in a few days to once again take up a major challenge.

-credit: pescarolo.com

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