Tim Munday and his BAM! team are back – not in the ALMS, but
in the Rolex Series.
taken over the running of the two Daytona Prototype Rileys for Brian
Tuttle (Tuttle Team Racing ), car numbers 0 and 7,” explains
“We ran one car at Homestead as a toe in the
water type test and will now run the whole season of the Rolex Series
– starting at Long Beach.”
Tuttle will still be joined by Frenchman Jonathan Cochet. Tuttle
typically has both Rileys present, and chooses which one to race
– one has a BMW engine, the other a Pontiac (although he rented
one to MSR at Mexico City, after Negri’s practice crash).
Tuttle usually qualifies whichever car he races.
"We destroyed one car (BMW Riley ) at Homestead
due to a power steering failure on the banking, so for Long Beach
we are running the second car ( Pontiac Riley ). The plan is to
take both cars to the events, run both drivers in both cars in the
testing sessions then decide which is the best car to race."
Tim Munday and Peter Baron used to be partners in
the original BAM! operation. The highlight of the team’s racing
so far was the class victory at Le Mans last year (although entered
as an AJR/BAM! Porsche).
Cochet has been carrying out F1 testing for Renault - on March 31,
at Silverstone (in a 2005 V10 car, below).
Cochet will drive the F1 car on behalf of Renault
at several World Series Renault races throughout Europe - as part
of their F1 Roadshow exhibition programme.
“The performance of this car compared to the
one I drove for Prost Grand Prix only five years ago is very different
and much faster,” said Cochet. “Every year the development
of these cars makes them faster and faster. Five years is a long
time between test-drives. I was amazed at the increase in performance
achieved during that time.”
He’ll be back to a Riley at Long Beach this