Nielsen, Essex & Zytek For Le Mans
Rapidly following on from all of Thursday’s Zytek news, we
now find that Denmark's Team Essex and Zytek Engineering have come
together to take up the confirmed Zytek LMP1 entry at the Le Mans
was expected to be represented in last year’s race, the winning
Zytek at Spa last April having run in 'Danish colours' – but
the Le Mans entry surprisingly didn’t include the ‘factory’
Zytek for last June’s race.
this time will be John Nielsen, Casper Elgaard and Philip Andersen.
Team owner Peter Halvorsen: "It was a disappointment
of proportions not to take part in last year's race, and we are
very proud to present our programme today. With a 100 % Danish,
and indeed a 100 % Team Essex, crew in a car which is among the
top five our team manager John Nielsen has been given a task which
is a huge challenge. We believe that a podium finish is possible
and are looking forward to an exciting race in the middle of June
in France where we along with 20,000 other Danes might experience
the biggest triumph of all."
John Nielsen will be embarking on his 18th start
at Le Mans, and suggests that “with this crew we have the
mixture of the flippancy of youth and the thoughtfulness of experience.
We are aiming for the podium!"
that we won the classic 1000 km race at Spa with the Zytek car,
where we proved that we belonged among the favourites at Le Mans,
and then subsequently did not get a starting permit (at Le Mans),
just make me even more excited,” commented Casper Elgaard.
“Zytek will be building the new car on the experiences gained
from the old car, which was one of the fastest sports prototypes
in the world, and the lessons learnt from that makes me believe
that we will be heading for the start with a car that has what it
takes to win. Now it is up to us as a crew to make the best of it."
One of the Essex Invest Zytek’s main rivals
will be another Dane – Tom Kristensen, who will be going for
his eighth win at Le Mans.
The first shakedown
test of the Zytek hybrid should take place at the end of March,
and the car’s debut is expected at the Spa 1000 Km in May
(crossing the line at Spa last April, below).