Swiss Spirit adds Philipp Peter to lineup

PHILIPP PETER IS THIRD SWISS SPIRIT MAN With a few days left before the official test day for the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Swiss Spirit team has confirmed its final driver line-up for the annual enduro. Swiss driver Philipp Peter will join the...

PHILIPP PETER IS THIRD SWISS SPIRIT MAN

With a few days left before the official test day for the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Swiss Spirit team has confirmed its final driver line-up for the annual enduro. Swiss driver Philipp Peter will join the existing duo of Harold Primat and Marcel Fassler to complete an all-Swiss team behind the wheel of the Courage-Judd-Michelin LMP1 car.

Quite apart from fulfilling the team's natural requirement for a driver of Swiss nationality, Peter is a driver of exceptional quality with a superb history. A third at Le Mans in 2002 at the wheel of the Audi R8 he shared with Michael Krumm and Marco Werner, followed by a win in the Sebring 12 Hours aboard the same car are amongst Peter's career highlights. This year he is driving the Red-Bull-sponsored Aston-Martin DBR9 in the FIA GT championship.

Peter and his team mates joined famous physical trainer, Bernie Shrosbree, last week for an intense training camp set in the Swiss mountain resort of Crans Montana. The trio was put through a variety of programmes designed to hone both their physical and mental performance as well as giving them an opportunity to get to know one another and build the foundation of a strong and harmonious relationship which should see them in good stead through the challenges presented by Le Mans.

At the week's end all three drivers were pleased with their progress and were looking forward to flying the flag for Switzerland in the greatest endurance race in the world--

Philipp Peter: "I am delighted and proud to have been chosen to represent the Italian side of Switzerland in this national challenge for the Le Mans 24 Hours. I have just spent a few days preparing physically with Marcel and Harold, and it was a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and now I cannot wait to be with them again in Le Mans."

Harold Primat: "Marcel and I enjoyed a podium finish in Spa which has given a huge boost to all of us in the run up to Le Mans. I am delighted to have Philipp Peter on board for such a big race given his history and previous results here. His experience will be invaluable to us."

Marcel Fassler: "If you want to score a result in endurance racing, you must have a good quick and reliable car for sure but you also need a team of drivers which are complementary and work together. For this reason, I am very happy that Philipp Peter is joining the team. Philipp knows Le Mans well, is used to endurance racing and the entire team will benefit from his contribution."

Team boss, Serge Saulnier: "Philipp is the team's final piece of the Le Mans puzzle and his experience will be vital. I am delighted he was able to join us and I feel that we have a strong driver line-up for the race. The podium in Spa was fantastic for the team and its partners and I hope that we can continue our progress with a strong performance during the test day on Sunday and the race a fortnight later."

-www.saulnierracing.com

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Michael Krumm , Marcel Fassler , Harold Primat , Marco Werner , Serge Saulnier , Philipp Peter