Wolfgang’s Plans (A-Level Porsche)
Or Should That Be Porsches?
We admired the challenge
undertaken by Vladimir Raikhlin and his A-Level Engineering Porsche
in 2004, but the car’s (first-year) performance didn’t
match everyone's expectations.
Wolfgang Kaufmann at the NEC on Thursday (Jan. 13) produced some
encouraging indications from ‘Piranha’. However, he
was reluctant (strangely so, for him!) to provide any quotable remarks
on this topic, perhaps for fear of upsetting the racing gods, before
anything is confirmed.
We’d have to agree
though, it would be fantastic to see the big, grey, turbo Porsche
racing internationally this year. The team just needs a chance to
make the car competitive.
is sufficient support for this effort to be able to confirm that
the A-Level Engineering team is building a second car now, and expects
to be out testing in February.
The nine-strong A-Level
contingent at the NEC had arrived by Mercedes mini-bus, and Wolfgang
was getting ready for a nine-hour marathon journey back to Germany,
beginning on Thursday evening.
If plans come together
as the team would like, the impressive-looking GT1 Class 911 could
be racing in some FIA GT races later this year, and perhaps the
Spa 24 Hours too. No drivers have been confirmed yet, other than
our Norschleife specialist, who – somewhat worryingly –
has promised to give any dsc’ers at the ‘Ring in September
a blast round the Nordschleife in “something very, very fast.”
other 2005 plans include the Czech Endurance Championship in the
Renauer GT3-RS, plus some races in the team’s Tampolli, plus
the Nurburgring 24 Hours in a Porsche, plus some FIA GT races in
a 911 GT3-RS. That sounds like a fairly full season – but
what Kaufmann really wants is the chance to take on Saleens and
Ferrari 550s in the grey turbo Porsche. For now, the company of
the Dunlop girls should see him through the rest of the winter.
rightly points out that the team is A:level, not A-Level, Engineering: