Lammers On Racing Against The Audi At Spa
Jan and his team who put together the www.janlammers.com
website do work harder than most. If you click the link you can
read about the Racing for Holland team’s testing on the Bugatti
Circuit this week (and a story of two wins in a day, plus a frightening
landing in fog between them, and much more), and also these remarks
from the man himself, on the prospect of chasing the Team Goh Audi
at Spa next week.
at Spa is always great and obviously we hope to be able to seal
the 2003 FIA championship titles there. The prospect of an Audi
R8 being allowed in for one race, however, is not a very attractive
one. We are the only team to have competed in all FIA sportscar
races since its inception, with two cars since Dijon last year.
“After having been
this loyal and committed to the championship, it is a shame that
now an Audi R8 weighing less than our penalized car, fitted with
Michelins and supported by the factory one way or the other, can
come in and steal the show that they have refused to attend for
two years. What will happen is that if they win everyone can say:
“an R8 would have won that championship” or “that
Dome may be quick, but look what happens if it is up against an
me wrong: I would have loved to race any R8 in any FIA race at any
track, as long as they would have sold their cars for the fixed
price Dome and all other constructors had to offer theirs for, and
as long as it would have to run on Dunlops or Goodyears as we all
do. That is not the case now, so we are faced with trying to happily
secure the title while they can make us look like fools. It is a
no win situation: if we complain we look like losers as much as
we do if we don’t say a thing.
people may have thought we were whingeing when we found it important
to explain the differences in power and weight between a car like
the DBA (815 kg) and ours (965 kg, 60 bhp more), particularly at
tracks like Oschersleben and Donington. But we are not bad losers.
God knows I love competition, but you cannot fight the laws of physics.
The general public doesn’t know about 675, 900 or success
ballast, especially if no one tells them. After Donington, all that
the English Autosport magazine was talking about for example, was
how fast the DBA was and how dominant. And now we all go to Spa
and most people are telling me how great it is to race against the
Audi. The truth is, we can’t race an ex-works R8 that weighs
940 kg and that has Michelins, which no one else is allowed to use.
We can at Le Mans, or at least we can give it a fair chance, but
this is a joke.”
like to debate this one on our forum.