Road Atlanta: Creation Autosportif team talk

Team talk Based in England, some 20 miles from the famous Silverstone circuit, Creation has been in existence for nearly 2 years. Owned and run by Ian Bickerton and Mike Jankowski (YAN-KOFF-SKI) - the team is small. 10 full time employees and...

Team talk

Based in England, some 20 miles from the famous Silverstone circuit, Creation has been in existence for nearly 2 years.

Owned and run by Ian Bickerton and Mike Jankowski (YAN-KOFF-SKI) - the team is small. 10 full time employees and a few weekend warriors, but that hasn't capped their plans or ambitions.

They have competed with a Lister Storm in the FIA GT Championship and have run the DBA-Zytek - "The Blue Rocket" in this year's LMES, as well as coming to the US for the first time to be here at Petit Le Mans. Creation will also be at Laguna.

In a 6 week period from the beginning of September to mid October the team will have done:

4 races .. in 2 continents .. in 3 different countries .. in 3 different series .. with 2 different cars

There are 12 people here with the team, including drivers, and they had 2 days after the Spa 1000 kms to re-prep the car and ready 3000 kilos of freight for shipping to the US.

Car chat

The DBA4-03S chassis, the only one in existence bearing that name, took pole position twice in the LMES (Nurburgring and Spa) and is the only non- Audi to have taken an LMP1 podium place in Europe this year.

Designed and built by Reynard in early 2002, shortly before the company went under, the car was originally planned to be an LMP675. The latest ACO regulation changes, however, has meant that the car has been re-classified as an LMP1.

The design and manufacturing rights passed from Reynard into the hands of a new company called IRM, and the car was initially run by former Le Mans winner John Nielsen's RN Motorsport team. It came here to Petit Le Mans in 2002 but did not finish.

Although Creation owns the only DBA, two more chassis of the same design have now been built and have raced this year as Zyteks - one of which, in David Brabham's hands, challenged the Audis for pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Creative people

Michael Jankowski is a Californian, based in London. A keen historic sportscar racer with a stable of cars such as a Courage, Ligier and Spice at his disposal, he is a venture capitalist. The self-professed car 'nut' is also a renowned collector of guitars and a guitarist with a talent to match Eric Clapton's.

Jamie Campbell-Walter (31) used to be in the British Army - the Queens Royal Lancers, a light tank regiment. In just ten years he's gone from tank driver to racing driver! A former FIA GT and British GT Champion, he's rated by his team as one of the top sportscar drivers in the world.

Nicolas Minassian (31) is one of life's 'fun' people. Established instantly as a character in the 2001 CART series when he drove for Ganassi Racing, the Frenchman has taken a great liking to the Road Atlanta track. He thinks it is a "ballsy" track - just the sort he likes!

The Frenchman - a real Anglophile - is married to an English girl and has lived permanently in the UK for the last 3 years.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Nicolas Minassian , Jamie Campbell-Walter , John Nielsen , Eric Clapton