Road Atlanta: Team LNT adds Oliver Pla to lineup

Olivier Pla to drive Team LNT Ginetta-Zytek Rapid Frenchman joins Danny Watts in driver line-up Team LNT is pleased to announce that the rapid Frenchman Olivier Pla is to drive the new Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 at next week's Petit Le Mans race. He...

Olivier Pla to drive Team LNT Ginetta-Zytek
Rapid Frenchman joins Danny Watts in driver line-up

Team LNT is pleased to announce that the rapid Frenchman Olivier Pla is to drive the new Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 at next week's Petit Le Mans race. He will join Danny Watts at the wheel of the latest Ginetta-Zytek for the American Le Mans Series flagship event, which takes place over 10 hours or 1,000 miles on Saturday October 4.

Twice a winner in the Grand Prix feeder championship, GP2, 26-year old Olivier has impressed all season in the Europe-based Le Mans Series, his first year in prototype sportscar racing. A fourth place in the highly competitive LMP2 class at the famed Le Mans 24-hours was followed up recently by a podium place in the Autosport 1000km of Silverstone, where he showed blistering pace particularly during a triple stint behind the wheel. Now he makes his debut in the American Le Mans Series.

Olivier, who hails from Toulouse, has already tested the Ginetta-Zytek at Snetterton where he was impressed by the potential shown by what has proved to be one of the quickest cars in its class. For the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, the updated car will appear in LMP1 guise with Zytek's all new 4.5-litre engine. It will be the second time that Team LNT has run a Zytek, its LMP2 car having been the leading petrol engined car during the early stages of last year's Silverstone 1,000km. Englishman Danny Watts was one of the drivers on that occasion. His pairing with Olivier should prove, without doubt, the worth of the Ginetta-Zytek design and indicate the way for an exciting 2009 season for the Repton-based manufacturer, in which Team LNT boss Lawrence Tomlinson has recently become a shareholder.

Said Olivier, "It's a big opportunity for me to race a Ginetta-Zytek. The car has a lot of potential and I am very much looking forward to driving it at Petit Le Mans. It is going to be great to drive alongside Danny Watts. I think the partnership has got the potential for an excellent result. I would also like to thank Quifel-ASM, for whom I have competed this season, for giving me the opportunity to take this drive with Team LNT."

-credit: lnt/zytek

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Series ALMS
Drivers Olivier Pla , Danny Watts
Teams Team LNT