McGarrity Joins Creation
“We’ve had enough of being 2nd and 3rd and this weekend, at our home race of the Series, there’s only one place we aim to finish and that’s on the top step of the podium. We’ve put into place everything we think we need to help us towards that goal, including the addition of Kevin McGarrity to our driver line-up.”

So Team Principal Ian Bickerton is in bullish mood ahead of the fourth round of the Le Mans Series – and why not? Two Creation entries for the first time, Minassian and McGarrity in #10, JC-W, Felipe Ortiz and Beppe Gabbiani in #9, a late-season programme worked out for the ALMS – it’s all very positive for the British prototype team (still looking for that first Le Mans Series win).

“I’m really happy to be joining Creation, especially as it’s for a ‘home’ race and as I’ll be racing with Nic,” says Kevin McGarrity. “Back in 1999 it looked as though we (Nic and I) would be joining the same F3000 team and we did lots of testing together, sharing the same car and working really closely together. We got on just great and discovered we like the car set up in the same way, which should help this weekend. Although we ended up joining different teams then, we’ve always kept in touch and hoped to be able to drive together one day. Now it’s happening.”

With Donington Park being very much Creation’s home track, and bearing in mind the form they’ve shown through three seasons of competition, with a fine performance at Silverstone last year, could this be the moment for the Ian Bickerton / Mike Jankowski team to mount the top step? A two-day meeting might actually work in the team’s favour.

Tomas Serwin was a likely Creation driver for this event, but the Dane will now make his debut later in the season, in the ALMS. He tested for the team at Snetterton last week – very successfully.

“He’d never been to Snetterton before, hasn’t driven competitively for nearly a year, never driven a prototype, used carbon brakes or a paddle shift, and he pretty quickly got to within two seconds of Nic’s time,” explains Bickerton. “As people who know me will tell you I’m not easily impressed, but this guy did it for me. We are definitely talking to him about all our future plans.”

“It’s a big commitment to build up and race two cars,” says Mike Jankowski, “but we know that it’s a vital step not only for our future plans but also for the Series. It adds great depth to the prototype class. What I can’t wait to see is the start. Nic and Jamie have never raced against each other before so the start will be interesting to say the least! Team orders? Well, I think the only one will be “Don’t crash into each other”.

Mike Jankowski is expecting Kevin McGarrity to be up to speed very quickly. The Irishman has raced the ProTran so far this season, but his place in that entry, with Paul Cope, will be taken by Phil Bennett. We’ll look at the prospects for this one, and all the others, in the race preview (on Thursday).

Here's the first Creation hybrid being shaken down at Donington Park in March.

 

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