Is Ready To Go
After a fraught Spa 1000 Kms, Frank Hahn’s G-Force team has
made a very rapid recovery.
Following the accident at Spa, the team has built
up its Courage C65 ‘rear end’ around a replacement tub
from Courage Competition, and Frank Hahn shook down the rebuilt
car at a local airfield on Friday (May 26). The main objective was
to test all the systems before making the trip to Le Mans.
“Everything ran very smoothly,” Frank
Hahn told us with a feeling of relief. “Quite obviously the
car has had very little driving time, seeing as the climatic conditions
were not unduly favourable, but everything is functioning properly.
The next item on the agenda at Le Mans is to get both our drivers
to complete their 10 laps as quickly as possible. Personally I feel
that this qualifying is in the bag, and on Sunday everything will
really revolve around Jean-François and Ed.”
That’s Jean-François Leroch and Ed
Morris, of course. Frank Hahn competed in the race last year, so
he doesn’t need to complete the 10 laps.
“For us Friday was a crucial day,” added
Jeroen Liebens, the team’s chief mechanic. “The car
had already been running in our workshop at Alken, but after such
a crash an additional test drive is definitely a must. We then really
and truly rechecked everything; the gearbox, the wiring, hoses and
cables etc. All that needs doing now is to fit the gearbox ratios
for Le Mans and then the car will be fully ready for the big test
on Sunday. We are leaving on Wednesday and as from that moment the
build-up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans really takes off. The entire
team is fully geared up to record a really strong performance.”
Ed Morris – no longer 17 years old any more,
having just enjoyed his eighteenth birthday – is likely to
play a key role in G-Force’s second Le Mans, but the whole
project will be a team effort, as it always is in the 24 Hours of