Esperante – Porsche & Ferrari Hunter
Hopefully Elan Motorsport Technology’s Chief Executive Officer
David Bowes has had his telephone ‘ringing off the hook’
this week, after the more than promising performance of the Panoz
Esperante GT-LM, at Mid-Ohio last weekend.
After such a successful
debut, the car will race in at least the next four ALMS events.
by David Saelens and Gunnar Jeannette, the new car qualified second
in GT, fought hard for second place, secured that position and then
went racing after the leading AJR Porsche. Unfortunately Saelens
then collided with the second Flying Lizard Porsche, the damage
ultimately calling a halt to Gunnar Jeannette’s recovery drive.
"It felt really
good to race hard and contend for the win again," said Andy
Waldrep, team manager for Panoz Motor Sports. "From all the
testing and development we have done, we knew the car would run
strongly. It's too bad that we didn't get the result that we wanted
because of the accident, but we know that car has the potential
to challenge the Porsches and Ferraris and to win in the American
Le Mans Series and that's what we're here to do.
"The fans were glad
to see us back and they loved the car. Sports car racing fans like
to see new cars and new technology and we were happy to give something
back to them."
It was a very welcome
return for the Panoz name to the head of (its new) class.
"We were more than
pleased with the way the car performed under racing conditions at
Mid-Ohio," said David Bowes. "The GT-LM project is intended
to be a customer car program for EMT and Panoz, and we had several
potential customers paying very close attention at Mid-Ohio. Hopefully
the fans will soon be seeing more Esperantes mixing it up on the
track with the Porsches and Ferraris in the GT class."
Kelly Collins will race the car this coming Monday, at Lime Rock