JC-W To Creation
No Home For Bouchut?
So here’s a very significant change to the
driver line-ups for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
‘An agreement has today been reached between
Pescarolo Sport and Creation Autosportif for Nicolas Minassian to
drive with the French team for the 74th running of the 24 Hours
of Le Mans’, says the Creation Autosportif statement.
The Mike Jankowski
/ Ian Bickerton team has the perfect replacement in the #9 Creation
06/H Judd – Jamie Campbell-Walter. Minassian will return to
the Creation team for the balance of the Le Mans Series.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Nic,
and a French team, to win Le Mans and we are giving our full support
to that objective,” says Mike Jankowski.
our part, Nic will of course be very much missed as part of the
Creation team at Le Mans. He’s such a central part of our
team that it feels a bit like losing an arm! But, this is also good
for the sport. With Jamie Campbell-Walter participating in the event,
it means another world class driver will now have an opportunity
to drive at Le Mans. I don’t see Nic’s absence at all
as a weakening of our own driver line up and our own objective remains
a top five finish.”
The Pescarolo Sport statement reads as follows:
‘After Jean-Christophe Bouillon’s accident, Henri Pescarolo
tried to put together a solid and experienced line up for the No.
16 Pescarolo. At the time of the test day, he ran Christophe Bouchut
(who is entered in the LMS with the Imsa Performance Porsche with
the same sponsor as Pescarolo Sport, Matmut). It became apparent
that, despite his huge talent and impressive CV, the driving of
a Sports-Prototype is very different to that of a GT car and there
was not enough time between Bouillon’s accident and the 4th
June to fit in any training. It will therefore be Nicolas Minassian,
a great Prototype specialist, who will join Pescarolo Sport for
the 24 Hour event. His Creation Autosportif team has sportingly
released him so he can rejoin a team he knows well, from when he
was with them in the 2003 and 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans.’
Henri Pescarolo was keen to employ Minassian at
Le Mans last year, but the Frenchman was unwilling to switch teams
then. With Jamie Campbell-Walter available to drive the Creation
entry this year, all sides have been able to reach an agreement
“The Creation team has very sportingly agreed
to release Nicolas Minassian and give him the opportunity to try
to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a team he knows very well and
against which he is running in the Le Mans Series,” says Henri
“Pescarolo Sport is very proud and grateful
to Michael Jankowski and Ian Bickerton.
“The whole Pescarolo Sport team will look
forward to meeting up again with Nicolas Minassian as one of its
main rivals at the wheel of the Creation in the future Le Mans Series
have to wait and see where that leaves Christophe Bouchut. His replacement
(Nelson Piquet Jnr.) in the #62 Russian Age (Team Modena) Aston
Martin had an incident early on in his ten lap run (to qualify for
the race) during the June 4 test day. The Brazilian did complete
his laps though.