Bartels – As Surprised As Anyone
We caught up with Michael Bartels this morning, as he drove home
from a pre-Christmas celebration last night.
So did you know before yesterday that the Vitaphone
team was about to be awarded a Le Mans entry, Michael?
I only found out last night, that’s when I received the news
too. I was a little surprised.
“It won’t be so easy for us because
the Maserati cannot enter at Le Mans. We’ll have to see what
other possibilities there are to enter another car. It’s not
easy to build something – I think January 8th is the deadline.”
Michael Bartels made the interesting point that
he has never raced at Le Mans – and he was interested to learn
a little more about the procedure at the test day, and how many
cars / teams have so far been awarded entries.
“It would certainly be very nice to have the
chance to race at Le Mans, but I don’t think we have time
to put something together (with another car). It would be wonderful
to go with the Maserati MC12, but we asked last year and the answer
“We’ll have to think about this.”
We reckon that Bartels and Vitaphone have seven
or eight working days before the deadline “pour confirmer
is more straightforward for Scuderia Ecosse and Aston Martin Racing
BMS, which would logically have expected to participate at Le Mans
anyway, as they did this year. AF Corse - who knows?