T2M’s Star Spa Line-Up
Yutaka Yamagishi is the relatively unknown driver (to Europeans)
in Ietoshi Kaneko’s T2M Porsche at Spa this coming weekend.
The Japanese Team Taisan driver is joined by none other than Alex
Caffi and Xavier Pompidou, for the opening round of the LMES.
“Alex is new in our team,” says Kaneko.
“He is a very experienced driver who knows endurance racing
very well. Everybody knows how fast he is, especially with a Porsche.
Xavier is a long time friend, he helped us a lot at the 24 Hours
of Le Mans in 2003. It is not by chance that he brought the title
to another stable (Sebah) last year.”
Pompidou was helping out the Sebah team at Paul
Ricard recently, but the team’s RSR has all three seats filled
be Yamagishi’s first race in Europe," continues Kaneko.
"I hope that he will appreciate racing in Europe and that he
will be able to show us his good level. I would like to add that
I wish good luck to Vanina Ickx, who often drove in our team and
who will make her beginnings with a prototype at Spa (in a Rollcentre
Dallara). I am sure that she’ll very quickly familiarize herself
with this car and use her full potential."
Most of the
TBAs for Spa are filled now. T2M has taken up the vacant spot at
Le Mans in June, which became available after the withdrawal of
the Nasamax. Here's the Porsche on the way to ninth in GT at Silverstone
last year - after a few teething problems with an experimental,
sequential gearshift system.