Kruse’s 2006 Drivers
Kruse Motorsport got off to a flying start in 2005, leading the LMP2 class at Sebring for nine hours, before a completely unexpected engine failure.

The team isn’t at Sebring next week with its Courage C65, and didn’t submit a full season Le Mans Series entry application – but is expecting to be on the grid at four of the five LMS races this year, and is hoping for a second chance at the Le Mans 24 Hours, after a fourth place finish in LMP2 last year.

Joining Kruse for the 2006 season are the German speaking drivers Jan Dirk Lüders and Jens Petersen. These two raced the JP Motorsport Porsche in the Le Mans Series last year, and now step up to the LMP2 Class.

“I first became aware of Jan and Jens at Silverstone where they gave strong performances in their 2003 RS,” comments Kai Kruse. “Jens in particular did a brilliant job in the wet conditions. So we started to talk and here we are! I think it is very important to have a homogenous driver line up instead of one pro driver and one pay driver.”

The team is currently in negotiations with a number of additional drivers to provide a strong, three-man line up.

Winter development of the C65 has focused on electrics, suspension and shock absorbers: Bilstein has built new dampers for the car, saving more than 50% in weight compared to those fitted last year.

The team has also switched to Dunlop rubber for 2006.

Team owner Ian Mitchell: ” We had a tough first year in sports car racing. We had to learn many things in a very short time but the crew achieved some great results, which nobody can take away. However, we still have to establish ourselves and the championship will be tougher this year as there are strong driver line ups and new cars like the Radical SR9. But we feel confident that we will be quick and reliable so I am sure we can achieve some good results!”

The team's first appearance this year will be at the LMS test days at Paul Ricard (March 26-27).

 

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