Paul Ricard: Team Bruichladdich race report

Team Bruichladdich immediately battles in the LMP2 top 5 in the first event of the 2010 Le Mans Series season. After the Le Mans Series Test Days last March, Team Bruichladdich received new evolutions from Zytek to optimise the 09S. They were ...

Team Bruichladdich immediately battles in the LMP2 top 5 in the first event of the 2010 Le Mans Series season.

After the Le Mans Series Test Days last March, Team Bruichladdich received new evolutions from Zytek to optimise the 09S. They were tested on the Snetterton circuit in Great Britain by Tim Greaves and Thor-Christian Ebbesvik before the whole team joined Le Castellet for the 2010 Le Mans Series opener.

These evolutions confirmed the Norwegian's predictions at the Test Days regarding the competitiveness of Team Bruichladdich, since himself and his team mates Tim Greaves and Karim Ojjeh drove very consistently in the LMP2 top 4 during the practice sessions. "Thor-Christian did a very good job," says Karim Ojjeh. "He only needs two or three laps to see what's wrong with the car." "We are ready to go faster on qualifying," indicates Ebbesvik. The #41 Zytek only qualified 5th in the class, but this was a satisfactory result for everyone. "We were surprised the OAK Pescarolo came through," comments Tim Greaves. "Christian qualified with pretty tough competition and we are very pleased of this performance, he's gone from single seaters to endurance in a very mature manner."

Fifth also was the car's position when it received the chequered flag after 8 hours of race. "In my first stint I could come back to a good position, so Tim and Karim could fight for the podium, that definitely was the best moment in our race," comments Thor-Christian Ebbesvik. "Unfortunately we had a starting issue and that really cost us delay in the pits," adds Tim Greaves. "We should have been at least one position higher, P4 would have tasted better! Anyway, we proved competitive with only one professional driver in the line-up, while the other teams compete with two professional drivers and one amateur." For Ebbesvik, "it was a very long race and I am very pleased we could finish it in a decent position."

This is an encouraging debut indeed, but a few things will have to be done before the Spa 1000Kms. "We increased the top speed as predicted, but we will probably need two or three extra days of testing to take the optimum out of the new design," says Tim Greaves. Karim Ojjeh confirms that "there's a great potential although we have to work on a few things, with the objective of maintaining our position in the top 5 of the LMP2 class."

-source: team bruichladdich.

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tim Greaves , Karim Ojjeh , Thor-Christian Ebbesvik