Chooses Zytek LMP2
2006 Le Mans Series LMP2 championship winning team Barazi-Epsilon,
along with LMS P2 champion drivers Juan Barazi and Michael Vergers,
announced today that they will defend their titles next season with
an all-new 2007 Zytek 07S LMP2.
"It was a long and very difficult choice - we had excellent
proposals from every LMP2 manufacturer,” says Barazi-Epsilon
co-founder Michel Lecomte. “And now we are tremendously excited
by the challenge - to be the first team to run this new car, and
to develop a strong technical collaboration with the Zytek factory
in order to win again in a very competitive category."
This naturally means that Zytek is pushing ahead
with its new chassis, to the latest regulations.
“The design of the new tub is now finished,”
says technical director Trevor Foster, “and we’ve completed
an extensive wind tunnel programme with the model.”
Although that’s the way it has worked out
in recent seasons, Trevor Foster makes it clear that the company
hasn’t been keen to run as a factory team – but with
Barazi-Epsilon confirmed as an LMP2 customer, all he needs now is
an LMP1 customer or two.
talking to a couple of teams about LMP1 cars,” is as far as
he’ll go at the moment, although negotiations are also on-going
as regards a home in the ALMS for the 2006 hybrid car, which ran
so well at PLM and Laguna Seca (right).
Foster does indicate that “from the wind tunnel
work, the new car should be a very good next year, and we are also
pushing ahead with development programmes for both the LMP2 engine
and the LMP1 unit.”
The 3.4 litre LMP2 power unit has been run in the
Binnie Lola this season, with some excellent results.
The Barazi-Epsilon team will continue to use Michelin
tyres, as it targets Le Mans Series and Le Mans success in 2007.
As LMS Champions, the team has a guaranteed entry for the 24 Hours
A third driver
to partner the 2006 champions has yet to be chosen. Here are Jean-Philippe
Belloc, Michael Vergers and Juan Barazi celebrating victory in P2
at Istanbul at the start of this season.