Successful Le Mans Test Day For Zytek ZG348-engined cars a competitive third and fourth in class The Le Mans winning Zytek ZG348 LMP2 category engine again proved its worth at this year's Test Day for the famed 24-hour race. Zytek 07S ...
Successful Le Mans Test Day For Zytek
ZG348-engined cars a competitive third and fourth in class
The Le Mans winning Zytek ZG348 LMP2 category engine again proved its worth at this year's Test Day for the famed 24-hour race. Zytek 07S and Embassy WF01 cars powered by the 3.4-litre V8 finished a competitive third and fourth in the 12-strong class. Quickest of the two was Stuart Moseley in the Barazi-Epsilon team's 07S despite the fact that it was the first time he had ever driven a Zytek chassis and was on only his fourth lap in the dry.
"It was a difficult day to test with conditions changing on a regular basis," observed Zytek chief designer Tim Holloway. "However, we were able to run at a sensible pace in all conditions and there were no dramas for the two teams using Zytek chassis. We tested some systems and new parts and these proved very successful."
Driver Michael Vergers reported that Barazi-Epsilon were "extremely happy. We had a routine day with no problems. We're looking strong." The team ran its 07S in basically the same trim as last year. On a slippery track Michael set the fastest LMP2 time of the first, four-hour session. For much of the session he was as high as tenth overall.
After the lunch break the team concentrated on giving new member Stuart as much track time as possible. During his four dry laps he quickly got the feel of the 07S, improving at two seconds a lap before recording a time of 3m 43.920s, the third fastest LMP2 lap of the day.
"It was a good opportunity to get an understanding of the car. Having driven here a couple of times before, I was able to build the pace up. One of the most impressive features of the Zytek is its capability in the slow corners. It is also a really comfortable car to drive; the visibility is excellent and seating position good. It is also far more driveable in the wet than the cars I have driven previously at Le Mans.
Fourth fastest in class was the Zytek-engined Embassy WF01 driven by Jonny Kane. Jonny, who carried most of the team's testing during the day, was able to achieve his 3m 44.166s during what he called "a small window of opportunity." Development work with Zytek's engineers meant that he was able to report the team had found "excellent straight line speed." Jonny, who last raced a prototype at Le Mans in 2002, felt that "there was more to come."
Zytek's third representative in the race, which takes place on the weekend of June 14-15, is to be the Trading Performance team's 07S. It will be the first Le Mans 24-hours for this new operation and its members concentrated on learning the basics of this unique event, finishing up eighth fastest LMP2 with a time of 3m 52.893s.