Spa: Zyteck preview

Record Number of Zyteks for Spa Le Mans winner joins expanded Ginetta-Zytek line-up A record number of five Zytek-built cars will contest this Sunday's Le Mans Series race at the daunting Spa-Francorchamps circuit. This will be the most ever...

Record Number of Zyteks for Spa

Le Mans winner joins expanded Ginetta-Zytek line-up

A record number of five Zytek-built cars will contest this Sunday's Le Mans Series race at the daunting Spa-Francorchamps circuit. This will be the most ever seen in one race from the Repton-based manufacturer, a fact that underlies the increasingly popularity of its latest design. A third of the new Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S cars is to join the two that performed so brilliantly at the season's opening round in Barcelona. Both the Zytek 07S that contested last year's championship will also be on the grid.

The exciting newcomer is the just-completed, Team LNT entered LMP1 GZ09S, which will be driven by former Le Mans 24-hours outright winner Guy Smith and by Robby Kerr, who out-qualified the whole field the first time that he ever drove a Zytek. Robbie also scored a LMP2 class podium position for Zytek at Le Mans in 2007. The third driver in the line-up will be team owner, Lawrence Tomlinson. This Ginetta-Zytek is identical to that which Danny Watts used to win the pole in Barcelona. Danny will again be driving the Strakka Racing entry with Peter Hardman and Nick Leventis.

"I have wanted to race a Zytek for some time and at Spa have an ideal opportunity," said Guy. "The cars are now incredibly fast and their performance at Barcelona has added a real buzz to the marque. I am very excited to be in an LMP1 car with so much potential."

A Zytek 04S was the outright winner of the Spa 1,000km in 2005. With the above entries in the LMP1 class, the British manufacturer has it best opportunity since then for another victory at the historic Belgian circuit.

Having narrowly missed out on winning the LMP2 category in Spain, the Quifel-ASM team will be out again to prove that it is the class of the field with its new Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S. Once again the rapid Frenchman Olivier Pla will share the car with Miguel Amaral. The Portuguese team will be backed by the two Zytek 07 cars of GAC Racing Team and Team Barazi-Epsilon. The GAC (formerly Trading Performance) entry is to be driven again by Philipp Peter, Karim Ojjeh and Claude Yves-Gosselin, the Barazi-Epsilon car by two of last year's drivers, team owner Juan Barazi and Fernando Rees.

All of the above will naturally be powered by 4.5-litre or 3.4-litre versions of Zytek's highly reliable and quick V8 engine. A sixth entry will also make use of the 3.4-litre power plant, this being the WR, again to be driven by Tristan Gommendy and Philippe and Stéphane Salini. Both the GAC and WR teams have already shown a marked improvement over their 2008 performances and will be looking forward to underlining this at Spa. Team Barazi-Epsilon, a two-time class winner for Zytek in 2007, will be making its first appearance of the season.

-credit: zyteck

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Guy Smith , Tristan Gommendy , Olivier Pla , Miguel Amaral , Juan Barazi , Lawrence Tomlinson , Karim Ojjeh , Fernando Rees , Stéphane Salini , Peter Hardman , Philipp Peter , Nick Leventis , Danny Watts
Teams Strakka Racing , Team LNT