Lucas Ordonez, Tom Kimber-Smith and Alex Brundle drove the team’s Zytek Z11SN-Nissan to fourth place in the 6 Heures du Castellet, the opening round of the 2012 European Le Mans Series. Starting from the second row of the grid, the team was in contention for most of the race until in the final stint, during which Alex ran over a kerb damaging some bodywork. At the resultant pit stop an infringement by the team incurred a two minute Stop and Go penalty. This ended the team’s hopes for victory, which had seemed very possible for most of the day.
Despite their understandable sense of disappointment at the final result, the team has taken a great number of positive aspects from the performance at the whole event.
Team Manager, Jacob Greaves reflected after the race. “The team produced a good strategy that gave us a real opportunity for a shot at victory, unfortunately it turned out to be a case of what might have been. The drivers all turned in fast stints, while looking after the car; we had a good power and fuel consumption from our Nissan engine. The Dunlop tyres gave a consistent performance in the challenging conditions working in combination with the Zytek chassis.
All of these elements gave us a package that is really competitive, so a couple of minor issues were the difference between winning and losing. We knew that our opposition this season would be very strong and that to win we have to be error free. We will learn from our mistakes and be stronger in the future.”