Charouz and Mucke ready for fresh challenge at Monza Barcelona was witness to a spectacular debut from the Charouz Racing System team's new LMP1 coupe powered by Aston Martin. This weekend the team faces a fresh challenge - the 1000 km of...
Charouz and Mucke ready for fresh challenge at Monza
Barcelona was witness to a spectacular debut from the Charouz Racing System team's new LMP1 coupe powered by Aston Martin. This weekend the team faces a fresh challenge - the 1000 km of Monza. After the team's third place finish in the opening round of the 2008 Le Mans Series at Barcelona, the team's drivers, Jan Charouz and Stefan Mucke, feel on good form as they head to Monza.
Having both raced at Monza last year, Jan and Stefan are familiar with the unique character of the track and are eager to see how well the new car rises to the challenge when it takes to this high-speed circuit for the first time.
Buoyed by a successful start to the season, the whole team has been working hard to prepare the car and Monza will see some improvements to the car which should deliver more pace.
Monza (www.monzanet.it) is among the world's most famous of race circuits, with a rich history of Formula 1 and powerful sportscar racing. The tradition of the 1000 km Monza race began in the '60s and reached new heights of popularity in the '80s, during the golden era of Group C racing.
Jan Charouz: "I like Monza a lot. It was very exciting when I drove a Le Mans prototype there with Stefan last year. It was the first race and we were the quickest petrol car. We should aim at least for the same again this year. The Aston Martin Racing engineers have been preparing some modifications for the car which should allow us to be quicker than at Barcelona. I can not wait."
Stefan Mucke: "We all know that it is not easy to beat turbo diesels, but we will do our best. Hopefully we will take another step forward at Monza thanks to our development although we know that the long straights at Monza bring a bit of a disadvantage for us. However, I like the Italian track. Together with Jan we were quick there last year and we want to show at least the same speed this weekend."
Antonin Charouz, Team principal: "We still have nice memories from the successful race at Barcelona but we must look ahead. The Aston Martin Racing engineers have been developing the car all the time and Monza should see further performance improvements on the car. We all have one aim, which is to close the gap versus the factory turbo diesels. Monza isn't the easiest place to do this, but that's not going to stop us trying."
George Howard-Chappell, Technical Director Aston Martin Racing: "We are optimistic about our chances against the other petrol powered cars this coming weekend, however with its long straights Monza will really favour the higher powered diesel cars, so we are not expecting to be amongst them. That said, we have some small improvements for this weekend and, as we saw in Barcelona in a 1000KM race, with 50 cars running anything can happen. We must remember that the programme is still in its infancy and even now the car hasn't reached the level of mileage it will cover in a single race- distance at Le Mans, so we still have a lot to learn but its going very well so far."
Monza on TV
Motors TV: 12.20 - 14.40, 16.50 - 18.45
Galaxie Sport: 12.45 - 13.00, 13.50 - 15.00, 19.10 - 20.00
Eurosport: 12.45 - 13.15, 23.00 - 23.30