LE MANS CHAMPIONS PREFER BREMBO BRAKES AND GRAND MARNIER CREPES Brembo-equipped Teams Have Won Six Championships in Past Seven Years LE MANS, France, June 15, 2007 While Wheaties may be the "Breakfast of Champions" in the US, many of the 55...
LE MANS CHAMPIONS PREFER BREMBO BRAKES AND GRAND MARNIER CREPES
Brembo-equipped Teams Have Won Six Championships in Past Seven Years
LE MANS, France, June 15, 2007 While Wheaties may be the "Breakfast of Champions" in the US, many of the 55 teams participating in this weekend's 75th running of the classic 24 Hours of Le Mans would prefer Grand Marnier crepes, victory champagne and Brembo brakes. At least the winners do!
For six of the past seven years, the overall winners of this twice-around-the clock endurance race have used Brembo Racing calipers and rotors to lead them to victory at the legendary 8.4-mile Circuit de la Sarthe. The same can be said for numerous class winners
Whether four-wheel or two, open-wheel, prototype or GT, since Brembo began racing with Ferrari in 1975, the Italian manufacturer of high-performance braking systems has won more world championships at more great venues like Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring and Monaco than any other competitor. This season alone, Brembo teams in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) have won every race in LMP1 with Audi and four out of five in GT2 with Ferrari. At Grand-Am's season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and the ALMS' 12 Hours of Sebring, the majority of the sports car fields were equipped with Brembo brakes.
As in all years, Brembo's success on the race track in 2007 is not limited to sports cars; Brembo-equipped cars have won 50% of F1 races and 21 of the 30 NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series races this season. Brembo has been even more dominant in the major two-wheel championships winning all 12 of the FIA MotoGP and AMA Superbike races to date.
Brembo will supply over half of the field for Le Mans this year, including five prototypes expected to contend for overall honors and at least 11 GT cars, including most of the Aston Martins, Ferraris and Porsches competing. Leading the contenders are three Audi R10s, including the #1 car with Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner. After winning Le Mans last year in record-setting fashion, this trio has ten Le Mans overall victories amongst them. The #2 Audi of Dindo Capello and Allan McNish (one victory each) will team with Tom Kristensen, who is the all-time winningest driver at Le Mans with seven crowns. In addition to winning last year's Sebring race, Capello and McNish were the ALMS Champions (LMP1) on Brembo. Not surprisingly, the #1 Audi won this year's 12 Hours of Sebring.
Even though Audi has dominated Le Mans since 2000 (Bentley represented the brand in the 2003 victory), the Germans expect some major competition from the French tri-color of Team Peugeot and the ever-present Pescarolo Sport and Courage Competition. Team Peugeot's Sebastien Bourdais, three-time Champ Car champion, threw down the gauntlet by setting the fastest lap in practice and qualifying for Le Mans confirming that the 75th running of Le Mans will be a real endurance battle among the five contenders...all running on Brembo Racing brakes.
The battle won't only be at the front either. Two separate class wars will be fought with six Brembo-equipped Aston Martins challenging five Corvettes for the GT1 crown while numerous Brembo-shod Ferraris and Porsche will battle for the GT2 class win. Included in the latter group is the #97 Ferrari 430 of Jaime Melo and Mika Salo that won the first four races of the 2007 ALMS season.
In the end, hopefully, Brembo will be able to add another 24 Hours of Le Mans crown to its list of great championships after this weekend.