Hungaroring: Zytek preview

Zytek Trio Heads For Hungary Repton-built LMPs make their debut at the Hungaroring A trio of Ginetta-Zytek prototypes this weekend takes on a new challenge at the Hungaroring, the first occasion on which the Le Mans Series regulars will have...

Zytek Trio Heads For Hungary

Repton-built LMPs make their debut at the Hungaroring

A trio of Ginetta-Zytek prototypes this weekend takes on a new challenge at the Hungaroring, the first occasion on which the Le Mans Series regulars will have competed at the track. The high downforce Grand Prix circuit is one that is sure to suit the Repton-built cars.

The teams will be racing into the night in true 'Le Mans' style, as the 1,000km contest does not begin until 4.00pm on Sunday evening. Qualifying will also take place on the morning of the race, as opposed to the conventional day before.

The Beechdean Mansell 4.5-litre Ginetta-Zytek 09SB makes its first appearance since the Le Mans 24-hours driven by Leo and Greg Mansell, the sons of 1992 Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell. Nigel, himself, promises to be back behind the wheel for the final round of the LMS, which takes place on his home ground Silverstone on Sunday, September 12. The Beechdean Mansell 09SB is the only British entered car in the front running LMP1 class for the Hungarian race.

The LMP2 class contains 3.4-litre Ginetta-Zytek 09SB entries from regular contenders, Quifel-ASM and Team Bruichladdich. Reigning LMS LMP2 champions, Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral in the Quifel-ASM car will again be amongst the favourites for the class, the Portuguese team having already come first in the category and sixth overall at the 1,000km de Spa in May.

Team Bruichladdich is, likewise, on a high having finished a highly credible fifth overall and second in class in the 1,000km do Algarve last month. Karim Ojjeh, Tim Greaves and Thor-Christian Ebbesvik will again drive the UK-run car.

The 1,000km of the Hungaroring, the fourth race in the five round Le Mans Series, takes place over 229 laps of the narrow, 4,381 metre Grand Prix circuit just 19km from the centre of Budapest. The first of three practice sessions for the LMP cars commences at 12.30pm on Saturday with qualifying starting at 10.15am and the race at 4.00pm the following day.

-source: zytek

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Nigel Mansell , Olivier Pla , Miguel Amaral , Tim Greaves , Karim Ojjeh , Greg Mansell , Thor-Christian Ebbesvik