Taking Care Of Menx
LMES entry numbers are likely to be considerable this year, but on the whole have yet to be confirmed. Here’s a definite one though - the Czech MENX team, led by Robert Pergl and Ivo Horn, will enter a Care Racing owned Ferrari 550.

dailysportscar.comRobert Pergl raced a Care Ferrari 550 at Spa last September (right), to second in GTS (behind the sister Larbre entry), and decided then to set out to race one of the Care Ferraris under his own banner in 2005.

Pergl will compete in each round (five of them) of the LMES this year, and will be partnered for three rounds by Tomas Enge, a renowned expert in the Prodrive-built machines. It was Enge who snatched that remarkable pole position at Le Mans last June.

Enge will have to miss the Silverstone round in August, but no doubt Robert Pergl will find an able replacement keen to join him.

“Of course, I will have to learn a lot of new things but I am happy that we have Tomas in the team because he knows the car like second to none,” said Pergl. “I drove the car at Spa last year and it was a real pleasure, but I am well aware that I need to do a lot of kilometres to better understand the car. There is very hard competition in our class this year but I think that with Tomas we can aim for podiums."

"We are very pleased to have reached agreement with Robert and MENX,” said Dominique Falque of Care Racing Development. “The team already has experience of racing a Ferrari in the FIA GT series [an F360 in 2003] and we are certain that their hunger for success, together with their great drivers, will mean they achieve that in the LMES."

MENX secured an outstanding third in class at the Spa 24 Hours in 2003, with the 360.

“I have never hidden the fact that I really love this car,” added Tomas Enge. “I would like to help Robert and the team to make progress and quickly adapt to the new series and car, which is a proper racing car."

The Prodrive-built Ferrari 550 Maranello has recorded 32 victories since its debut in 2001.


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