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IPB Spartak Racing withdraws LM24 entry, Barazi invited

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One week after the Le Mans Series 1000KM of Spa and four weeks before the Le Mans 24 Hours IPB Spartak Racing has withdrawn its Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT from the entry list. As a result the Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S, the first reserve on the list, has been invited to the Circuit de la Sarthe.

After last weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps IPB Spartak Racing driver Peter Kox was already doubtful about his chances to take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours with the Lamborghini. Today Reiter Engineering, the team running the Russian entry, confirmed its withdrawal for Le Mans.

With IPB Spartak Racing regular driver Roman Rusinov already being replaced by Erik Janis and Filip Salaquarda in Spa it remains to be seen what the team’s plans will be for the post-Le Mans races of the Le Mans Series.

The withdrawal of the IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini means that the LMP2 class will grow. Team Barazi-Epsilon, which competed at Spa for the first time this year, was the first reserve on the list. The Danish team has now been invited to the practice session on June 10. A complete driver line-up for the Zytek 07S has not been revealed.

As a result of today’s changes four cars remain on the reserve list for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. No reserves will be called in to replace withdrawals after May 22nd.

Discussion

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  1. Can someone explain to me why Larbre is last on the reserve list? There are 4 Vettes, and the remaining Lambo, with all due respect to Noritake-san, doesn’t have a chance in hell (after Spa, I’m not sure the Aston has a shot at anything other than qualifying either). Barring disaster, it’ll be an easy Corvette 1-2-3-4 in June…

    Posted by JackS | May 15, 2009, 17:58
  2. The Aston DBR-9 of JetA had some problems with the electrical system. I saw AMR guys taking the whole console out at taking it to the AMR pitbox. So that was just some unfortunate breakdown.
    Not sure why the larbre is all the way back on the entry list. The saleen hasn’t showed great stuff at LM, but neither has JLOC or the murcielago. Pity about this entry being withdrawn of Spartak. With Peter Kox they might had some change with JetA against the C6-R gang. Think it will be a C6-R gangbang all the way unfortunatly. They run great and I am also corvette/Luc Alphand fan, but there should be more of a battle in this “last” current GT1 year.

    Posted by kingkai | May 15, 2009, 21:22
  3. Where can I see the reserve list?

    PS: is there a GT2 Lambo entry planned this year?

    Posted by modbaraban | May 15, 2009, 23:07
  4. The entry list including reserves can be found here: http://www.lemans.org/24heuresdumans/pages/engages_gb.html

    Posted by Stephan Hoekstra | May 16, 2009, 9:42
  5. GT1 will be a Corvette party. Fittingly so, because the C6R has been the best GT1 car of this decade. Every C6R chassis has tasted victory, no matter what team ran it.

    Prodrive has stopped offering support for the DBR9 that’s why no team is running the car this year. The P1 project is taking resources (Lola is waiting for the homologation funds). Maintaining a P1 car is on par cost wise with a P1 car.

    Prodrive would like teams to Pony up for the GT2 Vantage instead.

    Posted by bamba | May 16, 2009, 17:54
  6. A few years ago Barazi epsilon was the Zytek brand’s flagship team. LMS champions in 2006, and they had that gulf livery in lemans 2007.

    But ever since Karim Ojjeh left with his very generous Tag Heuer (his daddy’s company) sponsorship to start his own team, they just haven’t had the same performance.

    Posted by bamba | May 16, 2009, 18:13

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