Zytek Nissan wins at Le Mans

Anglo-Japanese engines first and second in LMP2.

Zytek Nissan engined cars have finished first and second in the LMP2 class of the 90th anniversary Le Mans 24-hours. The OAK Racing Morgan of Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez and Martin Plowman led home the sister car of Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier both powered by the Zytek developed and serviced VK45DE.

#35 OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan: Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez, Martin Plowman
#35 OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan: Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez, Martin Plowman

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Zytek’s combination of fuel efficiency and highly effective traction control system played to the challenging conditions.

Today’s victory is the second at Le Mans for the 4.5-litre V8 engine, which has been developed and is serviced by Repton-based Zytek. In 2011 an identical power unit powered one of Zytek’s own Z11SN chassis to victory in the LMP2 class.

Zytek engines have now won at Le Mans on three occasions. The first success came in 2007 when the company’s 3.4-litre ZG348 V8 powered a Lola to victory. Second place that year fell to another Zytek engined car, this time in one of its own chassis.

All three of Zytek’s own Z11SN chassis proved rapid during the race with the Greaves car of Michael Krumm and GT Academy winners Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez finishing a competitive fourth. Eighth in class, following technical issues, was the Jota Sport Z11SN, which had earlier been running in third place. The second Greaves car finished eleventh in class following mechanical problems and an overnight ‘off’.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Michael Krumm , Ricardo Gonzalez , Olivier Pla , Eric Gilbert , Bertrand Baguette , Martin Plowman , Alex Brundle , Lucas Ordonez , Jann Mardenborough
Teams Nissan Motorsport , OAK Racing , Jota Sport
Article type Race report
Tags baguette, brundle, gonzalez, heinemeier, lemans, pla, plowman, zytek nissan