GREGOR FISKEN TO JOIN ROLLCENTRE RADICAL FOR SPA 1000KMS Experienced sportscar and historic racing driver, Gregor Fisken, will make his 2006 European racing debut in Spa this weekend at round two of the Le Mans Series. Gregor, who kicked off...
GREGOR FISKEN TO JOIN ROLLCENTRE RADICAL FOR SPA 1000KMS
Experienced sportscar and historic racing driver, Gregor Fisken, will make his 2006 European racing debut in Spa this weekend at round two of the Le Mans Series.
Gregor, who kicked off his season at the Sebring 12 Hours in America two months ago in a Highcroft Racing Lola, will join Martin Short and Tim Greaves in the brand new Radical-Judd LMP2 car run by Short's own Rollcentre Racing team.
Despite the car's youth, it has already caused a stir in the paddock with an outstanding display of pace at the season opening Istanbul 1000kms where it was instantly amongst the LMP2 class front runners straight out of the box and even managed to ruffle a few feathers among the LMP1 camp.
Gregor Fisken explains how he came to drive this impressive new car: "I have known and been talking to Martin Short for a long time. I kept a close eye on their progress from highly victorious British GT team to instant and consistent front running LMP1 runners at the highest level of the international Le Mans racing scene.
"Their performance with the Dallara chassis over the past two years has been exceptional and they have always appeared to be an incredibly professional and well run outfit. So when the chance came up to drive for them in this hugely exciting Radical, I jumped at it!"
Team boss and team mate to Gregor, Martin Short, is delighted to welcome the Scotsman on board: "Gregor has become a highly respected and regular driver of the Le Mans series and brings valuable experience to the Rollcentre team for Spa this weekend. He had a quick test in the car at Silverstone last week and looked fast and comfortable straight away -- I think he'll do a very good job for us.
"As for the car, we were obviously delighted at its pace in Istanbul but like any new car we have a lot of work to do to iron out the creases. The car's designer, Peter Elleray -- who also designed the Le Mans winning Bentley of late -- has done a fantastic job and created a car that is just brimming with potential. Hopefully we'll tap into a lot of that this weekend."
The Spa circuit is much loved by just about every driver who has ever driven there thanks to its beautiful forest setting, high-speed, challenging turns and fast, flowing nature. Gregor himself counts it as one of his all time favourites: "I love Spa! It's one of the few true 'drivers' circuits left uncorrupted by modern requirements. To drive in a LMP car there will be a dream come true. Naturally with my interest in historic motor racing, Spa's extraordinary heritage also means a lot to me and it all adds up to a fantastic experience. I can't wait."