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CRS READY FOR FIRST LE MANS 24 HOURS
LE MANS 24 HOURS: PART ONE - CRS Racing Team Preview
When Chris Niarchos and Andrew Kirkaldy announced the formation of CRS Racing in late 2007, they made it clear that they intended to create a company with two main areas of excellence. They wanted to build a strong and successful racing team that would one day compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and they wanted to very quickly be in a position to take on major manufacturer programmes.
The McLaren GT programme is fully underway and the MP4-12C GT3 is due to make its race debut this summer. The CRS race teams have proved over the last few seasons that they can go out and win races and now, in just over a week’s time, a CRS Ferrari 430 will line up on the grid at Le Mans for the world-famous endurance race.
Although this is the first Le Mans for CRS Racing it is not a first for many of the team personnel who already know what a tough but exciting week lies ahead of them in France. CRS Team Principal, Andrew Kirkaldy, has raced at Le Mans many times so he knows what is in store for his team.
“The Le Mans 24 Hours is incredibly important to us as a team,” said Kirkaldy. “It’s the world’s biggest sportscar race so everyone wants to go there and do a good job. It really is an event like no other. You have to completely rebuild your car before and after the race, which is a huge amount of work for the mechanics. We’re running in the GTE-Am class but even though it’s an amateur class there are some very good drivers on the entry list so it’s going to be tough. I think we have a very strong squad though and can take the fight to the Porsches and of course the other Ferraris.”
“Something all drivers remember about Le Mans is the support of the fans,” continued Kirkaldy. “They really do their homework so they know who you are and everything you’ve done during your racing career. Pierre (Ehret) has experienced it so he knows what’s coming but I think the driver’s parade is going to be quite a surprise for Shaun (Lynn) and Roger (Wills)! I just hope that as a team we can give the fans something to shout about during the race.”
Andrew’s final thoughts on Le Mans show that the team continues to look to the future for bigger ambitions to achieve.
“We aim to be at Le Mans every summer. CRS’ future is changing all the time so it remains to be seen what we will race there.”
-source: crs racing