Team Skater Returns With A Viper In 2007
Team Skater’s ‘toe in the water’ efforts in the
2006 British GT Championship gave racegoers an opportunity to se
a real classic back on track: the team’s ex-works Marcos LM500
was always presented beautifully and gave the team an opportunity
to assess both the Championship and the competition.
But the challenges
of racing a 12 year old GT car are substantial: the team needed
to do an immense amount of work to bring the car up to a raceable
standard, with parts supply proving a particular problem - perhaps
no surprise when you consider the works LM500s were just two of
a kind. In some cases the hunt for parts led to new items being
produced this excellent
piece after the Media day earlier this year, to set out the significance
of the Marcos, but the team is now very much looking to the future,
so the old lady is up for sale.
If there were
to be a present day equivalent to the Marcos’s role in the
mid-1990s it is surely the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. It’s
therefore no real surprise to hear that one of the big V10 powered
cars will be the team’s weapon of choice for a full 2007 British
GT Championship run.
The team is
currently involved in sourcing and acquiring a suitable car.
Tim Close revealed this morning that: “We’ve talked
to Oreca about our requirements and we’re now looking at a
selection of around half a dozen year-old cars: several teams are
looking to replace cars they ran this year and that, coupled with
a new engine, is the ideal package for us.
allow us to run the full season and to get some sensible testing
in too. Stephen Keating will drive and we’re looking for a
second driver who would be interested for the full season too.”
The GT3 count
then is climbing for 2007, with several more as yet unannounced
programmes still to break cover.
in acquiring the Marcos LM500, or indeed in discussing the opportunity
to race the Viper in 2007, should contact Tim Close
on (+44) 07763939717