James Watt Porsche For Spa
We’ll have a full preview posted later today, but it’s
the second event of the Le Mans Series this weekend, and the James
Watt Automotive Porsche is back – in fact a ‘new’
James Watt Porsche, this one an ex-TRG 911 GT3-RSR.
It’s the one run by Tech 9 at Silverstone
and the Nurburgring last year, and was formerly owned by Pierre
Ehret – who will be racing against it, again.
“The driver line up will be Xavier Pompidou,
Jack Elsegood and myself,” explains Paul Daniels.
The Frenchman has had an on-off relationship with
Spa recently: he and Marc Lieb sealed the inaugural (LMES) title
in 2004, with a second place finish in Sebah’s ‘old
lady’: the car wasn’t entered in the foggy 2005 race
– but this pair went on to win the next three events and the
2005 GT2 title.
Paul Daniels meanwhile had a big accident at Spa
in 2004, in that dramatic September race, after contact from Christophe
Bouchut won’t want to go mixing it with Jack
Elsegood, because he’s a former Australian rugby league player.
now a property developer ‘down under’, and the introduction
to JWA came from Allan Simonsen, who raced the James Watt team’s
GT3-RS last year. Simonsen and Elsegood have been partners in the
Coopers Ale V8 Utes in Australia. Presumably this has to be Elsegood’s
first race in Europe?
Simonsen will be racing for Autorlando again, as
he did at Istanbul – and presumably will be hoping for rain
in the Ardennes, after his performances at Silverstone last weekend.
the car at Donington recently and Richard Westbrook gave it a shake
down and seemed happy with basics,” explains Paul Daniels.
“We trust Xavier will help fine tune the set-up for spa.
”We are talking to Richard about driving with
us in the Le Mans Series, and hope he can contest one or two rounds:
however he is committed to Porsche Supercup and there are date clashes
- starting with Barcelona this weekend, which ruled out a drive
”The car has a 3.6 litre motor but we will
go to the 3.8 for the next race: tyres will be from Dunlop.
”We will be aiming to score points in Belgium.”
Here’s Richard Westbrook, trying out the brakes
at Donington Park recently.