Courage C65 Update
With new cars seemingly appearing at every race meeting, it’s
been a tricky business to keep track of the state of play with Courage
Claude Surmont explains the current state of play:
“There are nine
cars currently racing, with a tenth car currently in build - which
may well race at Monza.
original four cars are now in the hands of Paul Belmondo Racing
and Noel del Bello Racing, with the ex-factory car which ran in
last year’s LMES now in the care of Miracle Motorsport.”
The other four cars currently
completed are with Kruse Motorsport, G Force, Frank Mountain and
B-K Motorsport (the Mazda powered ALMS car).
With Judd, AER (badged
as Ford in the Belmondo cars), Mecachrome and Mazda rotary powerplants
installed, and cars running on Dunlop, Kumho, Michelin and Pirelli
rubber, there is a huge variety of options available among the squadron
of C65s on parade.
Claude Surmont indicated
that Courage Competition would make the C60 hybrid car(s) available
to private entrants next year – in much the same way as the
C65 was run as a factory car in 2004, ahead of such a prolific run
of privateer entries in 2005.
Sadly, it became ‘just
one of those weekends’ for the LMP1 car at Spa: the Yokohama
rubber, which has performed so well in the dry already, was just
too hard in the wet compound available at Spa. This is the same
compound used by the Advan Dome at Monza last year, “when
the conditions were about 10 degrees warmer.”
commented on race morning that the Yokohama technicians had
hand-cutting some slicks for the wet, after Saturday’s wet
running, but they weren’t effective either. Then poor Jonathan
Cochet hit the pit wall in the race, avoiding a Pescarolo mechanic.
And compatriot Christophe Tinseau couldn’t work out how the
Chamberlain-Synergy Lola had beaten his del Bello Courage in LMP2…