Lister Hybrid – Heading Into 2006
We haven’t seen enough of the Lister hybrid this year –
an initial run at the Silverstone 1000 Kms in August, then the revised
car’s first race at the Vallelunga 6 Hours on November 12.
Laurence Pearce explains what happened.
downforce issues at the front of the car at Silverstone: something
fundamental was missed in the design, and I realised what was wrong
there, but I couldn’t say too much at the time. It was quite
straightforward to fix it – and we did all the work here,
in our workshops.”
The revisions were completed just in time to take
the car to Monza, for a test prior to the Vallelunga event.
“We ran for four hours, but Monza is a very
difficult track: with the bad weather there as well, we didn’t
really have any proof that we’d sorted the car out.”
Andrea Belicchi joined Stefano Zonca (the Vallelunga
winner in this car in 2004) for Monza and then the 6 Hours, but
“it was cold, it was raining, it was really horrible at Monza,”
explained the Italian.
But once the
team had the car on track at Vallelunga, it showed its future promise
is my first experience of a prototype, but the car is so beautiful
to drive,” commented Belicchi. “It was very competitive
straight away, very well balanced – and we were setting the
same lap times as I set there in F3000.”
Italian (right) has been very successful in single seaters –
Formula 3 (a champion twice, in Finland and Russia), Formula Nissan,
Formula Renault V6, F3000 – and he’s hoping that he
and Stefano Zonca will be regulars in the Lister hybrid in 2006.
“I think it will be very competitive in the
Le Mans Series next year. I have a very good feeling about the car,
and Stefano and I hope that we can race the Lister next year.”
Vallelunga was looking like a second win for the
Lister, until a driveshaft failed (“It had reached the end
of its life”) with half an hour to go – but until that
point, it had run perfectly.
Laurence Pearce was delighted to see that “the
turn-in was fantastic, and we were running higher G forces than
we did with the original car last year.
“The drivers weren’t too disappointed,
because they were happy to have seen the car go so well.”
a matter of putting plans together for next year. The target
is the full Le Mans Series, plus the Le
Mans 24 Hours.