INTERNATIONAL ALL-STAR CAST OF DRIVERS FOR CREATION The British based Creation Autosportif team has brought together a truly international driver line-up for its assault on the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans in France next month. Felipe Ortiz,...
INTERNATIONAL ALL-STAR CAST OF DRIVERS FOR CREATION
The British based Creation Autosportif team has brought together a truly international driver line-up for its assault on the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans in France next month.
Felipe Ortiz, resident of Switzerland but of Bolivian nationality, will be continuing with the team with which he finished third in the LMP1 category of the 2006 Le Mans Series, and will be one of the mainstays of the team in 2007. He will be joined by British, long-time Creation driver and former FIA GT Champion, Jamie Campbell-Walter, and Shinji Nakano of Japan.
Team Principal Ian Bickerton was upbeat about the prospects for the coming months. "I'm delighted to welcome Felipe back to Creation for 2007, not just for Le Mans but for the remainder of the Le Mans Series as well. We all got on extremely well last year and I think the continuity of the partnership will be very good for both sides.
"Jamie had a bit of a lean year in 2006, so I know he'll be hungry for success and will head up our racing attack with the Creation CA/07 with his usual enthusiasm, speed and good humour. He learnt a huge amount working alongside Nic Minassian for a couple of years, and that will no doubt benefit the driver line-up this year, especially in terms of engineering and set up feed back.
"Shinji is super quick and has considerable sportscar experience under his belt, never mind all the years in Formula One and Champ Cars. I'm really looking forward to working with him. He's starting with us this year and will also start testing the AIM-engined car from October onwards. He'll be joining Felipe and Jamie at Le Mans and for the three Le Mans Series after that, and is currently looking for the budget to keep him in the car for Interlagos."
Campbell-Walter can't wait to don his helmet once more and eagerly awaits the bank of testing days that the team has lined up over the next few weeks. "I'm really looking forward to the testing as it's a long time since I've been in a car! I've been training hard, so I'm ready for it, and I'm looking forward to being back at Le Mans with Felipe and welcoming Shinji, as I'm sure he'll be a strong asset to the team. I can't wait to get into a new, proper LMP1 car and, after seeing all the developments -- both on the drawing board and in the workshop -- I am sure the car will be a fantastic success."
Ortiz, who spends much of his time in Spain due to his Valderrama Estates business interests, is also anxious to get back behind the wheel of the newly-liveried Creation prototype. "I am very happy to be back with Creation for 2007. I think we proved that we can run very competitively at the front of any race we do, and I am sure that the win we are all chasing won't be far away from us this year. Jamie and I got on very well last year at Le Mans so I am pleased we will be racing together again, and Shinj has proved his speed in all the different championships he's raced in -- mostly recently with pole in the opening round of the Japanese Le Mans Series."
The Creation team will be testing at Snetterton and Donington over the next two weeks, before heading to Magny Cours for some night testing prior to the official Le Mans test on the 3rd June.