Embassy Racing joins Le Mans Series with Pilbeam
Embassy Racing announced their 2007 programme today. The British team, which raced in the British GT Championship in 2004 and 2005 with a Porsche, will enter a Judd-powered Pilbeam MP93 in the entire Le Mans Series season and might include an American Le Mans Series race later this year as well. There are however no plans to race in the 24 hours of Le Mans this year.
Embassy’s team owner Jonathan France confirmed the news today and also announced two experience endurance racing drivers that will drive the new car. New Zealand’s Neil Cunningham, who also drove for the team in 2004 and 2005, will be joined by another talented driver from Great Britain, Warren Hughes.
The team hopes to compete for the LMP2 title and thinks it has a highly competitive driver combination that can do very well in the brand new Pilbeam. Neil Cunningham is very excited about the year ahead: “As usual, Embassy has fully committed to its choice of series and is in the best shape that I have ever seen. The car is astonishing and we have quality people at every level. I genuinely believe it is up to Warren and me to go out and win it.”
Warren Hughes, who was offered other drives for the 2007 season says the decision to join Embassy Racing wasn’t a hard one: "The decision wasn’t difficult at all. When I saw what Embassy had to offer, the full-on professionalism and a car that is simply awesome, I just had to be a part of it. Neil and I are under pressure because there really are no excuses – if we do our job we will win, and that’s all that any motor racing driver can ask."
Jonathan France has appointed race car engineer Alastair Macqueen as technical director. Macqueen, who was part of the JCB diesel world lands speed record crew, will be providing technical support to the team and will help the drivers in finding the best possible set-up.
The team will prepare for the 2007 season with some tests ahead of the official Le Mans Series test at Paul Ricard on March 25 and 26 but does not want to say too much about the car. “We know you all want to see the car, but to make sure we maintain our design advantage you will have to wait until the official unveiling, when our competitors will have less time to play catch-up before the races begin.”
France is also talking to a motor racing giant with the intention of forming a partnership that will improve blow the lid off the LMP2 grid for the start of the new season. There are no details regarding the motor racing giant yet though…