Istanbul: G-Force Racing preview

Just as last year, G-Force will be again the only Belgian team in the LMP- classes of the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 hours. Frank Hahn's team will again race its Courage C65-Judd. The aim of the team in 2006 is to perform consistently and...

Just as last year, G-Force will be again the only Belgian team in the LMP- classes of the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 hours. Frank Hahn's team will again race its Courage C65-Judd. The aim of the team in 2006 is to perform consistently and to score a maximum of points in what could be called the prototype world championship. The biggest surprise for the upcoming season is the arrival of 17-year old British talent Ed Morris.

"Ed indeed is our newcomer", begins Frank Hahn. "Jean-François Leroch continues with us, and I will also drive the Courage again. With this mixture of young talent and experience, our aim is to be a regular and high finisher. Our season kick-off is this weekend's race at Istanbul, bur to me this race partly is a preparation for our home race at Spa on the 13th and 14th of May. And altogether the first part of the season will have its highlight in the Le Mans 24 hours. The ACO again selected our team, which to me is tremendously satisfying."

The season started last week with the official test days at Paul Ricard. On Sunday, everything went smoothly, but a technical problem on Monday brought the session to an end for G-Force.

Hahn: "On Monday morning, an engine problem forced us to stop the session, but until then it felt like the Courage had never been better."

"Ed Morris was also a revelation. He drives, despite his age of 17, in a very mature way and he also found a very good rhythm in very little time. Belgian youngster Tom Cloet also drove the Courage. As he is looking for seat at Le Mans, I advised him to gain some experience with our team. Experience will always be key-word if you're looking for a good seat."

"We will now go to Turkey, where I hope to get a decent result. The LMP2-class is quite unpredictable even if RML might have an advantage on the rest of the field. But all the others could be quite close to one another."

Only a few days before the race and his debut in LMS, youngster Ed Morris still seems very relaxed, despite his age. "My aim is to gain a maximum of kilometres behind the wheel of the car this year. Of course, I'm conscious of my lack of experience even though I have already driven smaller prototypes and the Ginetta G20 in the past."

"The idea of starting at Le Mans this year among drivers such as Jamie Campell-Walter sounds incredible and tremendous to me. And last but not least I will be the youngest Briton ever to start at La Sarthe." Ed Morris was also satisfied after the first laps at Paul Ricard. "Indeed, the Courage is a superb car and I 'm looking forward to racing it at Istanbul."

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jean-Francois Leroch , Frank Hahn , Tom Cloet