for Holland – New Line-Up
Mark Koense at Racing For Holland informs us that they have applied for
two entries at Le Mans this year – a first for the team – and
that John Bosch and Tristan Gommendy have joined the Dutchmen, in addition
to the Gabbiani / Ortiz pairing that debuted last year.
will be joined by fellow Dutchman John Bosch in all seven FIA
Sportscar Championship races, plus the Le Mans 24 Hours. The
third driver in this 24 Hour entry will be announced later. “He
has to be a top quality driver and to make that choice we want
to take our time,” says the Flying Dutchman.
other Dome - for Le Mans and the seven race FIA Championship – will
be driven Beppe Gabbiani and Felipe Ortiz. They’ve already
shown their pace in one of the black and silver Domes, having
finished second (to the Lammers car) at Dijon last year. Tristan
Gommendy (23) will partner them at Le Mans.
on March 3 at Barcelona, and then moves to Spa-Francorchamps
later in the month. The team’s official press presentation
will be staged at the end of March in the Netherlands.
must provide John with the chance to feel at home in the team
and the car,” says Lammers – of the testing plans. “His
past performances prove his potential and it is our responsibility
to get the best out of him.”
38 year old
John Bosch is a former British Ford Championship winner, who
then performed strongly in European Formula 3, but a severe
crash caused him to turn to rallying. His successful return
to cars saw him clinch the European Ferrari 360 Challenge last
me, joining Jan and the Racing for Holland team really is a
great opportunity”, Bosch comments. “To race in
the Le Mans 24 Hours is an ambition each racing driver has,
very much like F1 drivers wanting to compete in the Monte Carlo
Grand Prix for example. After winning the European Ferrari
360 Championship last year, this is a logical and important
step for me to progress.”
joins the team after a “magical year” in Formula
3. In 16 races in 2002, he scored 12 pole positions, won five
races in the French championship – and the title. He
finished a strong second in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort,
before winning the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.
“When I was eight years old I went to Le Mans and that race triggered my
interest for motor racing,” Tristan explains. “I have always had
a great passion for sportscars ever since. So to now go back there and race at
Le Mans is a dream come true, as well as a great chance. Racing for Holland has
been quick for two years and without the factory Audis, I think we can qualify
well. If we finish the race, we should be candidates for the podium.”
have received a lot of attention over the winter, in Dome’s
wind tunnel. In addition, the team has developed its own semi-automatic
gearshift system, controlled by F1-style paddles behind the
steering wheel. Lammers tested this new system for the first
time last Sunday at Zandvoort without problems.
Holland will continue using its unique sponsor concept. This
will again see the cars racing in their now famous black and
white chequered livery, which has created a network of hundreds
am of course delighted and proud that we have again been able
to put it all together,” Jan Lammers concludes. “All
our sponsors motivate us. Achieving the goals of Racing for
Holland is a sensitive game between sporting and commercial
results. I hope that our carefully planned policy enables us
to continue to grow. Who knows, maybe then one day even Formula
1 will be in our reach.”
settle for another outstanding sportscar season for the Dutchmen.
Lammers was a shining star at Le Mans last year – again – and
we look forward to him taking the challenge to the Audis (and
Bentleys) once more.