ILMC: Ex-Formula 1 driver celebrates comeback
Lotus Jetalliance with Karl Wendlinger and nine updates to Silverstone!
Lotus Jetalliance opened with a top-message the second half of the season at the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup! Stationed in Lower Austria factory team will compete in the British with Karl Wendlinger the fifth race this coming weekend (10th, 11th September) at Silverstone!
Team owner Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer has succeeded in a lightning campaign to oblige the Tyrol. So that the former Formula 1 driver celebrating a comeback after nearly three years in the Lower Austria, where he celebrated three years (2006 to 2008) great successes in the FIA GT1 World Championship.
Wendlinger for themselves, it is the end of an involuntary break, which is caused by the withdrawal of his team from the Swiss Racing FIA GT1 World Championship. . .
Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer: “I’m just happy to have Karl back on the team. He can certainly help us with his experience on. ”
Karl Wendlinger: “Primarily, I am of course, to finally sit back in a racing car. And against a team with which I have won for three years really great successes in the GT1 championship. ”
Wendlinger will be driving in England, together with the two local heroes James Rossiter and Johnny Mowlem the Lotus Evora GTE with the number 65th In the second sitting Evora GTE Martin Rich (GB), Oskar Slingerland (NL) and the 31 year old Dane, David Heinemeier Hansson Maier, who will be the first time for the team from the start Oeynhausen.
Before the race in the mother country of the Lotus brand, it is tradition in the Lower Austrian quite confident team – and rightly so. Because the two Evora GTE were equipped during the summer break at the factory in England and totally redesigned with a total of nine updates.
Team Minister Jan Kalmar: “It was the engine, among other things, worked the brakes hard in the weight and aerodynamics. Thus we should make a decisive step forward. ”
This sentiment is echoed Lichtner-Hoyer: “I hope that we are on the home ground of Lotus with all the new updates, competitive and reliable – so that we can finish the race in the top third.”
For Karl Wendlinger course is all new territory: “I have no experience with the Lotus, but will try myself in the training as soon as possible to adjust to the new car. For this I have two experienced team-mate, which I certainly can give valuable advice. ”
It then goes to Silverstone in quick succession: One week to revise the cars at Lotus, the team then moved to America, where the first October at Road Atlanta with the traditional “Petit Le Mans,” the sixth race on the program. From there, the cars, including equipment to be flown directly to China, where on 13 November with the “6 hours of Zhuhai” The season finale is driven into the ILMC.
Whether there will also be there, Karl Wendlinger is not fixed yet: “We have agreed to wait for the race times, and will get back together again after Silverstone,” said Lichtner-Hoyer.