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 C65 production.

Courage Competition’s 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.“The 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.”

Alexander Frei commented on race morning that the Yokohama technicians had tried 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…


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