WR & Milner For Sebring
For completeness here, the presence of a WR Peugeot has been confirmed
for Sebring next month, as has Tom Milner’s presence in the
#51 Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz Esperante.
We posted the
news from Auto Hebdo regarding the WR at Sebring, back
in December – here
– while 20 year old Tom Milner in a Panoz seemed suspiciously
likely (to us) on January 24 – here.
Hebdo suggested two months ago that Patrice Roussel, Fréderic
Auchard and Olivier Porta would drive the WR Peugeot in the Mobil
1 Sebring 12 Hours, the car to be powered by a brand new, four cylinder,
A WR finished third in LMP675 at Sebring in 2002,
this the Mazda-powered Jim Downing entry, the Welter Racing car
finishing fifth in class that year. Perhaps the yellow car this
year will glow something like the rear end of the Mazda-powered
car four years ago? Downing’s rotary was instantly recognizable
as it passed by.
we suggested, Tom Milner will partner Gunnar Jeannette throughout
2006, as the (former) BMW man switches away from his father’s
PTG, to the Multimatic-run Panoz team.
David Brabham and Scott Maxwell will drive the #50
panoz this season.
No word yet on third drivers in each car for Sebring.
"It will be quite strange to drive against
Dad's team, especially after testing both the Panoz and BMW at the
recent Sebring test,” commented Tom Milner. “The plan
is certainly to give BMW, Porsche, Lexus and Ferrari all a hard
time, and I am sure they will be doing the same in return, especially
the PTG guys. I was very impressed with the Panoz at Sebring. It
has excellent power and I can't wait to get back in the car and
complete our preparations for Sebring."
“I believe he (Milner) and Gunnar are two
of the most talented young road racers in North America,”
said Multimatic Vice President and Motorsports Technical Director
Larry Holt, “and teaming them with Brabs and Scotty's experience
is an ideal combination. We have worked very hard to bring together
everything we need to challenge for the championship, and our outstanding
driver lineup certainly fills me with confidence."