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.

“We had 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 straight away.

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“The Lister 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.”

dailysportscar.comThe 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.”

Now it’s a matter of putting plans together for next year. The target is the full Le Mans Series, plus the Le Mans 24 Hours.

 

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