Zytek gave notice of intent during yesterday's qualifying session for the 2008 Le Mans 24-hour race. Following the first, two-hour session, the 07S of the Barazi-Epsilon team was fastest in class by over a second. By midnight, after the second ...
Zytek gave notice of intent during yesterday's qualifying session for the 2008 Le Mans 24-hour race. Following the first, two-hour session, the 07S of the Barazi-Epsilon team was fastest in class by over a second. By midnight, after the second session, it was still an impressive third, despite not having been able to make best use of qualifying tyres.
32 Barazi-Epsilon Zytek-Zytek 07S (Juan Barazi/Michael Vergers/Stuart Moseley)
Michael Vergers 3m 35.344 (3rd in LMP2)
"We were very pleased with the first session despite the fact that we didn't used qualifying tyres," remarked Michael Vergers. "I had a clear lap when I set the fastest time and the 07S felt really nice. I am very happy with it * as ever. There was a lot of traffic in the second session and, just as we decided to go out on the qualifiers, a red flag came out."
"Everything is going according to plan," said team owner and fellow driver Juan Barazi. "We've got the right vibes." Juan and Stuart Moseley concentrated on putting in some mileage under night-time conditions, leaving Michael to set the quickest laps. "We reckon we can keep the pressure up on the Porsches," said the Dutchman. The team plans to install a new engine today prior to the second pair of qualifying sessions.
41 Trading Performance Zytek-Zytek 07 (Karim Ojjeh/Claude-Yves Gosselin/Adam Sharpe)
Karim Ojjeh 3m 46.773s (9th in LMP2)
"Everything we planned has been carried out," said Luc Andre, team manager for Trading Performance, which is making its Le Mans debut. "Our schedule for the day is complete. We are not worrying about laps times today and are very happy that our testing has been completed successfully." Echoing Michael Verger's enthusiasm for the Zytek 07S, Karim Ojjeh, who set the team's fastest laps, happily observed, "the Zytek is good."
45 Embassy-Zytek (Warren Hughes/Jonny Kane/Joey Foster)
Jonny Kane 3m 39.924s (5th in LMP2)
"Everything has run pretty well this evening," said Embassy driver Jonny Kane. "We are quite pleased with P5 considering this is the first time that the Zytek-engined Embassy has competed at Le Mans. I think it's as good as we could have hoped for at this stage. We tried different mapping and less traction control for our qualifying laps and both seemed to work well." The team also plans to install a new ZG348 engine before the second day's qualifying session and use the time to put some mileage on that.