Hayanari – Heading To London
young man has made a big sportscar impression over the last two
or three years, in particular this year. dsc readers will be delighted
to hear that he’s been passed fit to travel from Sydney to
London tonight (after his massive A1GP accident at Eastern Creek),
but it’s not clear yet whether he’ll be fit to race
at Istanbul this weekend.
“We’ll have him looked at by a specialist
in London,” explains Zytek’s Race Director Trevor Foster.
“The bruising is coming out, but we can only take it day by
day. If he is passed fit to race, we’ll still have to have
a third driver in Turkey, because we won’t be sure how he’ll
react to the G forces of being back in a car.”
So Trevor Foster is actively looking for a third
driver for this weekend, to join Tom Chilton and, hopefully, Hayanari
The young man
is currently leading LMES LMP1 driver points, and is the only driver
with two LMES overall wins to his credit this season. He and Tom
Chilton have won twice together this season, at the Nurburgring
(below) and Laguna Seca. He would have to race for at least an hour
to score points at Istanbul.
LMP1 Driver Points
1 Hayanari SHIMODA 27
2 Jean-Christophe BOULLION 24
- Emmanuel COLLARD 24
4 Vanina ICKX 22
- Martin SHORT 22
5 Nicolas MINASSIAN 18
- Jamie CAMPBELL WALTER 18
- Stéphane ORTELLI 18
- Allan MCNISH 18
9 Tom CHILTON 17
10 Sam HIGNETT 16
- John STACK 16
Joao BARBOSA 16
Lola personnel are delighted (if that's the right word) with the
way the Team Japan A1GP car stood up to the accident last Sunday.
Lola's Sam Smith: "This was an accident of enormous violence
and yet again the driver was completely uninjured. We estimate that
he had six massive impacts on the roll hoop including it hitting
the concrete retaining wall at about the worst possible angle. It
is another ringing endorsement of our designers' and assembly engineers'
diligence and skill that Hyanari is unscathed. The FIA crash test
that the hoop undergoes sees 7.8 tonnes applied to the rear roll
structure at a compound angle and 7.5 tonnes applied to the front
roll structure, again at a compound angle. These are both static
tests. With the amount of horrendous impacts the car went through,
it is nigh on impossible to design a safety hoop that will survive
that amount of continuous load.That is why we have a solid structure
below the actual hoop that is taller than the driver. This is called
the plinth and is designed to protect the driver in the event of
a multiple impact that rips the hoop itself off.
to be said that our A1 GP project engineer Andrew Murdoch, who was
in Australia, along with the composite design team of Craig Turner,
Paul Rennie and Mark Hartnett deserve great credit for their work.
Hyanari a swift recuperation and a good race this weekend. Hopefully
we (Lola) will be celebrating a title along with him."