Bicester, UK, Friday 4th May 2001: Following the weekend's test session at Le Mans over 30 trucks full of cars and equipment will roll out of France and set up home in the paddock at Circuito del Jarama, Madrid, in anticipation for the second...
Bicester, UK, Friday 4th May 2001: Following the weekend's test session at Le Mans over 30 trucks full of cars and equipment will roll out of France and set up home in the paddock at Circuito del Jarama, Madrid, in anticipation for the second round of the European Le Mans Series. The Spanish showdown on Sunday 20th May will be the final chance for the cars to race competitively before the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. There's a strong contingent of cars from the American Le Mans Series to bolster the ranks which includes works entries from BMW, Panoz, Audi and Saleen.
Whilst a strong prototype line-up will naturally grab the attention, one of the most fascinating elements of the ELMS race will be the fiercely fought battle in the GT class. The Aspen Knolls / MCR team has announced this week that it will compete with the impressive Callaway C-12R. The team aim to challenge the works Porsche team of Alex Job Racing that has dominated the last two Le Mans Series events. BMW, still smarting from a disappointing race at Donington, will be looking to redress the balance in no uncertain terms to prove that the M3 has the credentials to win its class at Le Mans. The European Le Mans Series event in Jarama is the perfect stage for BMW to demonstrate that the engine problems which dogged them in Round One are history. And don't write off the locals! At least two Spanish teams, including Paco Orti Racing, will compete in the GT class cheered on by many thousands of vocal Spanish fans who will ensure the event is charged with atmosphere.
Jarama may not provide the answers as to who will be the eventual winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans but it will certainly provide spectators with an extremely competitive and fascinating race, as the twisting circuit puts an altogether different set of demands on driver and machine.