PIRELLI TEAMS HEAD NORTH TO MOSPORT Aston Martin and Panoz Look to Return to Winning Ways in Canada BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Aug.29, 2006 For the second time this season, Pirelli- shod cars finished 1-2-3 in GT2 at the Le Mans Series (LMS) race at...
PIRELLI TEAMS HEAD NORTH TO MOSPORT
Aston Martin and Panoz Look to Return to Winning Ways in Canada
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Aug.29, 2006 For the second time this season, Pirelli- shod cars finished 1-2-3 in GT2 at the Le Mans Series (LMS) race at Donington Park this past weekend. What is even more remarkable is that three different makes Panoz, Porsche and Ferrari were on the podium with all drivers wearing the familiar black and yellow Pirelli cap. Pirelli-shod cars are now four out of four in the LMS with the second-place Autorlando Porsche team clinching the GT2 championship.
Pirelli-shod teams in the FIA GT (where Pirelli teams are first in both GT1 and GT2) and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) both hope these results continue this coming weekend in competition at Dijon, France and Mosport, the eighth round of the ALMS.
The Pirelli-shod Aston Martin DBR9s have had considerable success in theALMS this season earning ten podiums, including two victories at Lime Rock (#009 with Portugal's Pedro Lamy and France's Stephane Sarrazin) and Salt Lake City (#007 with Tomas Enge of the Czech Republic and England's Darren Turner). The four have also achieved five poles and three fastest laps while battling the factory Corvettes for top honors.
The 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport circuit east of Toronto is one of the drivers' favorites and the second fastest in the ALMS next to Road America and should make for one of the most competitive races of the year.
While the Pirelli-shod Multimatic Panoz Esperanteshave struggled for grip as of late, Mosport could provide a return to glory for the Panoz boys. First, Toronto is home to the Multimatic team and driver Scott Maxwell. Plus, the Canadian track is a power circuit and the Panoz horsepower should help Maxwell and teammate David Brabham in the #50 Panoz, along with Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner in the #51 Esperante. In addition, Pirelli is taking some new compounds to Canada which they hope may help recover the car's competitiveness which was demonstrated by the team's victory in the season opener at the 12 Hours of Sebring.