Sebah Le Mans Plan
missed the company of this fellow at Istanbul, but Le Mans (Endurance)
Series success last year has ensured that he will be at Le Mans
in June – but not with “the old lady” (the GT2
championship winner for the last two seasons).
“She was sold about a month ago,” says
Hugh Hayden. “A Swiss Mercedes dealer, Philipp Zumstein, approached
the Porsche factory looking for ‘a good one’, and they
pointed him towards me.
“Once we’d passed on the car’s
racing history, Philipp’s money arrived almost by return.
He’s a very nice guy, and I believe he’ll be using the
car in club races, to replace his old 993.”
So what car will Hugh Hayden be entering at Le Mans,
and for whom?
will be preparing and running what was the Factory #66 FIA GT car
last year, which is now owned by Gerold Ried. Christian, his son
who has been racing FIA GTs since 1999, will have his first Le Mans
experience, driving with Xavier Pompidou – but we’ve
yet to sort out the third driver. We’re looking for the right
man, with the correct balance between funding and talent!”
will be racing in the FIA GT Championship this year, driven by 'half'
of the Ried / Felbermayr family – but the Sebah crew will
effectively take delivery after the Brno FIA GT race, set it up
for its Dunlop rubber at the Proton workshop, then head straight
to Le Mans for the test day.
Here is the
RSR at the Dijon test days.
be doing the bulk of our preparations for the race between the test
and scruineering,” explains Hugh Hayden.
So an era comes
to a conclusion: there are now no longer any of the original GT3-R
chassis racing in international endurance events. Hugh Hayden’s
“old lady” certainly brought the GT3-R era to an end
in style - with a perfect record last year, three out of three.
Here she is on the way to the third of those wins, at the Nurburgring
Wonder what he’s working on for 2007?