Sebring: Zytek/Barazi-Epsilon qualifying report

Ideal Preparation For The Year Ahead Zytek customer takes on the regulars in America Zytek customer, Barazi-Epsilon team has chosen the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as an ideal training ground for the forthcoming, Europe-based Le Mans Series.

Ideal Preparation For The Year Ahead
Zytek customer takes on the regulars in America

Zytek customer, Barazi-Epsilon team has chosen the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as an ideal training ground for the forthcoming, Europe-based Le Mans Series. Despite lacking the track experience of the well-funded American Le Mans Series regulars, the team set fourth fastest time in qualifying. However, this was cancelled out following an accident to one of its competitors in the LMP2 class. The crash meant that yesterday's qualifying session had to be halted and was deemed not long enough to be counted. A rule was invoked stating that the grid would, instead, be decided based on lap times recorded in all practice sessions. As a result the Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S fell further back down the grid to 13th overall and ninth in class.

Bodywork debris from the accident also caused the Zytek to puncture and suffer some bodywork damage. Nevertheless, as Zytek race engineer Pete May observes, the 07S has been getting quicker all week, its fastest time - 1min 49.303secs - being achieved in this morning's final practice session. On this occasion it was being driven by team newcomer, Jean-Christophe Ravier. The team may be on a steep learning curve here at Sebring but there is no doubt that it is making progress.

Barazi-Epsilon team manager Didier Faure says of the Sebring race, "This is the best training for a racing team. It is real, hard race. It means that when we come to the first race of the Le Mans Series at Barcelona in April the team will be well trained." Comparing running at Sebring with attending last weekend's LMS practice session at Paul Ricard in France, he said, "All you are doing is trying to be quicker than your neighbour. This is not the main purpose of testing; it is trying to make the team efficient. To race is also much more interesting."

When the Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 072 - driven by Michael Vergers, Juan Barazi and Jean-Christophe Ravier - starts the Sebring race tomorrow it will be hoping to give itself a competitive edge over those of its competitors in the LMS who will have just attended the Paul Ricard test. It will also be starting a long and gruelling race in which anything can happen.

-credit: zytek

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Series ALMS
Drivers Michael Vergers , Jean-Christophe Ravier