David Legangneux has found some interesting items in Auto-Hebdo
Pierre Bruneau has now decided to switch to the
Judd V8 3.4 liter engine for his Pilbeam MP93. The car has been
using the JPX V6 thus far, but has consistently been afflicted with
engine problems. Bruneau is aiming to concentrate full time on his
team-manager's role, and is looking for drivers for 2006.
Gabriele Gardel wants to win another FIA GT title
this year, and Jack Leconte is apparently considering racing a Maserati
MC12. He could also be considering improvements to the Ferrari 550.
The shakedown of the new Courage LC75 LMP2 car is
now scheduled for next week, on an Italian track (the Bugatti Circuit
is out of commission at the moment). After the shakedown, interested
teams (Belmondo, del Bello, a Dutch team and an American team) will
be invited to try the LC75.
The new LC70 LMP1 car will make its first appearance
within the next few weeks. Yves Courage is expecting to know very
soon whether he will be using Mugen engines in the works cars. The
LC70 has been designed to accept other LMP1 engines (Judd GV4 and
5 and the AER turbocharged V8).
Autosport this week is the suggestion that Tom Milner’s
PTG may run one BMW M3 for the whole of the 2006 ALMS season (in
the GT2S class) – but the second car, although starting out
as an M3, may be switched for an alternative model part-way through
only say that it will be a GT car, but it might not necessarily
be built to the GT2S rules,” says Tom Milner, in Autosport.
The UK magazine suggests that the new car could
be a V8 Z4, built to GT2 rules.