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
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
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.