Zytek Thursday qualifying report

Zytek's customers mainly used yesterday's, second qualifying session for the 2008 Le Mans 24-hours to ensure that both cars and drivers are in the best possible shape for this weekend's contest. 32 Barazi-Epsilon Zytek-Zytek 07S (Juan ...

Zytek's customers mainly used yesterday's, second qualifying session for the 2008 Le Mans 24-hours to ensure that both cars and drivers are in the best possible shape for this weekend's contest.

32 Barazi-Epsilon Zytek-Zytek 07S (Juan Barazi/Michael Vergers/Stuart Moseley)
Michael Vergers 3m 35.344 (3rd in LMP2)

The second day's qualifying was very much a routine event for Barazi-Epsilon with the team firmly in race mode. The race engine was installed earlier in the day and the two sessions used to complete a race systems set-up check and to test the lighting. Everything appeared fine and the drivers are reported to be happy with the car, Juan, Michael and Stuart having each ran three flying laps.

41 Trading Performance Zytek-Zytek 07 (Karim Ojjeh/Claude-Yves Gosselin/Adam Sharpe)
Karim Ojjeh 3m 43.148s (9th in LMP2)

The Trading Performance 07S was the one Zytek ZG348-engined car to attempt an improvement on its time from the previous day's qualifying, Karim Ojjeh taking over three seconds off his quickest Thursday lap. Having carried out three laps on old tyres Karim saw an opportunity to move up a place in the LMP2 order and so had new, soft tyres fitted to the car. "I went out with them and it worked well," he recalled. "I'm getting to know the car better and better. It's just excellent." Unlike the other two Zytek engined entries, which had their race engines installed yesterday, the Trading Performance will be installing its power unit for the weekend today, ready to make its debut here at Le Mans.

45 Embassy-Zytek (Warren Hughes/Jonny Kane/Joey Foster)
Jonny Kane 3m 39.926s (5th in LMP2)

"We settled down our race suspension and the complete rear end including a crisp, new engine," reported Embassy team manager Jody Firth. "Everything appeared perfect and we chose to finish early."

11 Dome S102 (Daisuke Ito/Yuji Tachikawa/Tatsuya Kataoka)
Daisuke Ito 3m 26.928s (8th overall and in LMP1)

The three Zytek-engined cars are not the only ones in the field to be using product from the innovative Repton-based company. The Japanese Dome is fitted with the Zytek Electronically-assisted Gearshift System (EGS). This all-electric system requires no hydraulics or pneumatics. It has already proven its worth over three seasons of the A1GP series as well as in Zytek, Acura, Embassy and WR prototypes. For this year it is also fitted to the entire Formula Nippon field.

-credit: zytek

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Joey Foster , Michael Vergers , Jonny Kane , Warren Hughes , Daisuke Ito , Yuji Tachikawa , Tatsuya Kataoka , Adam Sharpe , Claude-Yves Gosselin , Juan Barazi , Karim Ojjeh , Stuart Moseley , Jody Firth