A PSI Experience Experience
spent part of March 1 at PSI Experience’s workshops, very
near the German border – but still in Belgium of course.
The team is
busy preparing one Corvette C6.R, one C5-R - both for the Le Mans
Series and FFSA GTs – and two Porsche 996 GT2-R Biturbos for
Belcar. The team has also one RSR and one 996 Cup Porsche in its
C6.R: Markus Palttala / Pertti Kuismanen / Jos Menten
C6.R: Markus Palttala / Pertti Kuismanen
C5-R: Philippe Alliot / David Hallyday
Porsche 996 GT2: Jos Menten / Ruben Maes
Porsche 996 GT2: Fred Bouvy / TBA
JMT and Russel Racing (Thiers) will respectively run two and one
ex-PSI 996 GT2s in Belcar, while a number of these cars also could
be seen in FFSA GTs.
Both Corvettes are in the workshop - and instead
of the usual yellow livery, it is apparent that both cars are dark
blue, even though much of the bodywork has been removed.
the team’s Corvette C6.R was being run up in the 'shop, I
spoke to Markus Palttala (right) about the near future for this
ambitious team, which is rapidly becoming one of the most significant
GT teams in Europe.
Is PSI intending
to develop and improve the cars Markus?
“Our main task is now to learn about the C6.R
and C5-R. Those machines are so well developed that little can be
done to make them quicker or more reliable. The only changes we
intend to do concern the data logging and the suspension. We have
developed our own data system, together with Bosch, and we have
good experience with them. The same story explains the suspension
changes. Except for these items, we’ll be relying on support
“All the rest will be a matter of time and
experience to find the right set-up, and that’s why we’re
planning a first test session next week. We will first go to Paul
Ricard, followed by some days at Estoril. Some test days in Germany
afterwards are still possible, while the official LMS days at Paul
Ricard will finalize the pre-season for us.
“Last but not least, tyres have to be tested.
In France, Pirelli is the sole tyre brand and we know from our experience
with the Porsche that this is not always easy. For the international
races, Michelin and Dunlop are the two options.
“We are really working very hard to get everything done before
the season, as 2006 will be very important for us.”
PSI has a busy schedule - with three full championships
with two cars each, although one race is missing from the calendar:
the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Is this difficult to accept?
“Well, yes and no. We still have a chance
to be on the final entry list but we remain realistic. Anyway, it
would be great to be there on the grid, it’s the most important
endurance race in the world. The ACO has already accepted a privateer
Corvette (Alphand) and there are also already two Belgian teams
(G-Force and Gordon).
if we’re not there this year, we know what to do in the LMS
this year! Our target is to be first or second in GT1, as this means
a guaranteed entry for Le Mans. I think, our squad, with Jos and
Pertti, is a good one, with a perfect mix of speed and experience."
And a lucky
quarter in the C6.R too. This is the Le Mans winner last year, chassis
“For FFSA GT and Belcar, the target is to
win races, although in France the standard is increasing from day
to day. The entry is really spectacular. In Belgium, to beat the
GLPK and SRT Corvettes will be difficult with the new rules, but
Jos and Ruben are really keen to do so. And as we proved last year
in Brands Hatch, it is possible.
“We will also enter the Spa 24 Hours with
probably two cars - both the C5 and C6.”