Phil Bennett’s View On ‘Ring Record-Breaking
The man who set a 7:19 around the ‘Ring (in the very same
Radical that Martin Short won with at Silverstone yesterday –
image here) responds to Wolfgang Kaufmann’s
comments earlier today.
shows Phil on the podium at the LMES race at the Nurburgring (with
Gian Maria Gabbiani).
over-riding view on this is that firstly I have total respect for
Wolfgang and anyone else who gives the record a crack. Ultimately
we are all drivers who love the unique challenge that the Nordschleife
provides and it is a real shame that there is no clarity over what
the rules are because with no prizes on offer it is only a bit of
“But I'd like to
take issue with some of the things Wolfgang is complaining about.
”It is a great
pity that since the lap record attempts on the 'Ring have become
more ‘international’ that we see all manner of complaints
from those involved historically.
”The fact that
the Gembella's lap time of 7:32 was done in a car costing six figures
and its intercooler laden with dry ice seems to have been forgotten
by Herr Kaufmann.
car lap record is simply for cars that are capable of being road
registered, running "E" marked tyres. On that basis the
record was 7:19 set by a Radical Turbo in 2003 - until the Donkervoort's
new time of 7:18.
the time on the basis of its Formula R tyres, or that the car is
capable of being raced, shows little grace and is a great pity..
if they made Formula R tyres in a wider range of sizes he would
already have used them - as for racing, well given Porsche's 996
track record, it begins to sound even more like sour grapes.
”For what it is
worth, I personally don't think the Mosler will go faster than Kaufmann's
7:32. However given the record is 7:18, it is rather irrelevant.
”What I do think
would be valuable is for someone to get a common agreement as to
what exactly does make a record valid - because right now it seems
that the only thing that doesn't bring with it howls of protest
are Germans, driving a German marque.
”If we agree that
it is road registered on "E" marked tyres then the new
Radical V8 will easily go sub-7m come 2005.
”Good luck to Barbosa
and congrats to the Donkervoort team of people, who did 7:18.”
here earlier today, the Barbosa / Mosler effort at the 'Ring this
week has been postponed until 2005.