Zytek 07S Stars On US Debut Zytek has proved the pace of its 07S sports racer on its United States debut with an impressive podium finish. The car took third place in its category in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. Running in the...
Zytek 07S Stars On US Debut
Zytek has proved the pace of its 07S sports racer on its United States debut with an impressive podium finish. The car took third place in its category in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. Running in the leading group throughout the contest, the #5 LMP2 07S showed its full potential this weekend, putting it firmly in the same class as the top factory teams in the USA. The #10 LMP1 07S also led the race in the early stages.
During the first half of the race, the LMP2 car put in very competitive lap times, with drivers Danny Watts, Stefan Mucke and Jan Charouz quickly taking it up to 3rd overall. At the seven hour mark, and still in 3rd position, the 07S had run faultlessly.
It was at this point that the team picked up on a drop in battery volts on the telemetry, and clearly the alternator was not charging. To avoid problems on the track the team brought the car in to repair the alternator, managing to work quickly to get the car back out with only three laps lost. With just two hours remaining, the 07S had lost one place due to the time in the pits, but Jan drove the final stint faultlessly to bring the Zytek home 4th overall, with just one LMP1 and two LMP2s ahead of it.
Zytek Motorsport team director, Trevor Foster said "We were slightly disappointed after qualifying, so it is pleasing that we were able to show the true pace of the car in the race, particularly with drivers who were new to both the car and the track. To finish on the podium behind only Audi and Porsche shows the class of the car."
The Arena Motorsport Zytek 07S had an eventful race, losing fuel pressure early on, forcing the team to switch to reserve fuel pumps. With Darren Manning at the wheel the #10 LMP1 car proved its pace and led in the early stages. A puncture followed with the closest cars working their way past the #10. However, a nudge by another competitor threw the car into a spin, with two further cars hitting the back of a helpless Zytek.
A lengthy repair in the pits dropped the team back down the field, but Darren and Tom Chilton worked their way back up to a credible third in the LMP1 class. Unfortunately, the car lost fuel pressure again, and the car stopped on the track, retiring after a challenging race.