Pescarolo Progress For 2007
Henri Pescarolo has already announced that he intends to
return to the fray next season with a new Pescarolo LMP1 car. The
new LMP1 will retain much of the well proven package that has dominated
the Le Mans Series this season, and fought valiantly against the
Audi R10s at Le Mans, but will of course feature a new tub that
will accommodate the full 2007 regulations.
The first chassis
will reach the team by late November and the good news is that senior
figures within the team confirmed to dsc yesterday that there are
already customer chassis confirmed for delivery before the start
of the 2007 season.
story now gets more interesting still. One of these chassis will
run as an LMP1, a new car being built around the Pescarolo tub.
“The chassis is bought and paid for,” confirmed M. Pescarolo
himself yesterday, “I am delighted with the sale and with
the way that Laurence Pearce has dealt with us.” So it is
now confirmed that the new for 2007 Lister prototype will be based
on a Pescarolo tub, with the rest of the car being designed in-house
by the popular British team.
With teams wishing
to remain tight lipped on final plans, other details are scarce,
but at least one of the remaining first batch of chassis will be
used in an LMP2 effort next season, by a team currently running
a Courage C65, the deal to buy the chassis having been concluded
in the last few days.
The new Pescarolo
tub would allow teams running the current Courage C65 to retain
a large proportion of their current inventory of components “The
only significant change (other than bodywork) is that the upper
wishbones will need to be a little longer,” suggested a Pescarolo
good news for teams currently wondering what to do with a very soon
to be outdated C65.
One team (and
they are not the only one!) taking a good hard look at the Pescarolo
is Paul Belmondo Racing. As of this morning though the eponymous
team owner would only confirm that his team will field “one
(LMP2) car in 2007. We will run with the AER engine and we are 85%
likely to run with the bio-ethanol fuel, and 85% likely to run the
new Courage (LC75), with a 15% chance that we could run the new
It seems that
Henri Pescarolo’s support for sportscar racing in Europe is
finally beginning to pay off commercially for the team.