Age Racers At Le Mans
Spa was “the perfect warm-up for Le Mans” (as Rob Schirle
commented last week), and the Cirtek team owner has now confirmed
his drivers in the two Russian Age Racing entries for the Le Mans
#61 Ferrari 550 Tim Sugden / Christian Vann / Nigel
#62 Aston Martin DBR9 David Brabham / Christophe Bouchut / Antonio
Both cars will race on Michelin tyres.
So three British drivers in the Ferrari 550, and
all three have raced at Le Mans before. Two have driven together
before (Smith and Sugden), one is from the north (Sugden), one from
the middle (Vann) one from the south (Smith) – and one has
driven the same car before… well, the same type of car anyway.
Did you work
that one out? Tim Sugden raced what was then the sister chassis
at the Le Mans 1000 Kms in November 2003, with Peter Kox –
to second in GTS, behind the current Russian Age Racing chassis
(then Veloqx / Care Racing), number 113136.
Here is 113136
back in November 2003, behind the second-placed Pescarolo (Peugeot-powered
#61 will be
racing in a bright red livery again. This is a chassis that has
been red (Prodrive, Le Mans 2002), blue (Luc Alphand, Le Mans 2003),
red (Prodrive, Le Mans 2004, the McRae car), blue again (Russian
Age Racing last year) – and will now be red again.
The Aston Martin,
still entered by Russian Age Racing, but with Team Modena badging
and in the grey and black livery, as at Spa, has the phenomenal
Brabham / Bouchut / Garcia line-up, and will be out to take on all-comers
Rob Schirle may have been hoping for some kind of
tyre advantage in the ‘Aston Martin GT1 battle’ –
but it will be a more level playing field at Le Mans, we believe….