Bonner back with Binnie at Le Mans
Scottish GT racer Alan Bonner will again team up with Bill Binnie for the 2006 Le Mans Binnie Motorsport assault on the LMP2 crown.
Binnie & Bonner last raced together in the 2005 Britcar 5 hours, however Bonner will not be driving at la Sarthe, he will however be working with the team for the duration.
Bill Binnie " I am delighted Alan is joining us for Le mans he has a great deal of racing experience and we need professional expertise for what is Binnie Motorsport's first attempt at the 24 hours".
Alan Bonner " It's absolutely brilliant, for sure I'd rather be driving but there's no other team I would rather spend the time with than Bill Binnie's crew. You never know, maybe my time will come".
Bill Binnie "We are all looking forward to a good run this weekend, I am driving my own car with my own team and that is very special for me, after a 2 hour stint, crossing the finish line to win Le Mans in 2004 was the best four minutes of my life and I am privileged to be competing here again.
Sharing the seat with me from England is Allen Timpany whom I am racing with in the Le Mans Series, earlier this year we were on the podium together at Sebring, my other team mate is Japanese Le Mans veteran Yojiro Terada. Yojiro and I drove together last year and I am delighted he has joined Binnie Motorsport in our Lola".
Allen Timpany "Every time I get in the LMP2 it just feels better and better. I am really looking forward to the whole event. I was learning the circuit on the test day here on June 4th and the car felt really good. In an event like this and over 24 hours you just have to make sure you're still running at the end of the race. I can't wait".
Yojiro Terada " Well Bill and I drove together in 2005 in the WR Peugeot and I am thrilled to driving with Binnie Motorsport this year. It's true I'm no stranger to Le Mans; this will be my 27th race at the 24 hours. The team are great and I am hoping we will be on the podium on Sunday afternoon.
Bill Binnie "It's no secret that we have changed engine supplier to Zytec, in fact we are the only Zytec LMP2 engined car out there and I am really interested to see how the AER engines will fair in race pace. We had a few gearbox and suspension problems on the test day but we have a great Team Manager in Derek Kemp who is well on top of things and everything should be ironed out come the race. I feel really positive with our engine and drive train configuration and as long as we keep going around and around we should still be there at the end.
We have only had two outings this year, it was great to be on the podium in the first race, however we would have won Sebring had it not have been for a loose water hose on the radiator. We were again on the podium in our second outing at Spa in LMS so we come here with good preparations and lots of laps under our belts.
There will be quicker LMP2 cars but the secret of Le Mans is to make no mistakes and not to break the car, I believe the cars to beat will be RML and Chamberlain, I've won with Intersport so we know how good they are and perhaps the Rollcentre car may give a surprise, we'll know for sure on Sunday afternoon.