Mans Series & Le Mans 24 Hours 2007
Round 1, Monza 1000 Kilometers, April 14th-15th 2007
Official RML Press Release. Issued April 12th 2007
- The Countdown Begins
weekend will see the opening round of the 2007 Le Mans Series
at Monza in Italy. After two successful tests this year,
the team is eager to get to grips with the season ahead.
Group Chief Executive Ray Mallock said “Monza is very
much a prelude for Le Mans. We have made a number of changes
to the car over the winter months which have been successfully
tested but now need to be proved in race conditions. It’s
fortunate that the set up requirements for Monza are very
similar to Le Mans, so the specification of the car is very
much how we expect to be racing in June”.
are looking forward to the first round of the season,"
said Phil Barker, team manager and Director of Race Operations
at RML. "This year looks like it will be very competitive,
with new cars coming into the championship. However, we
have had two very good tests at Valencia and Paul Ricard,
and we have learned considerably more about the car, but
we are now looking forward to getting started in Monza this
hard to believe the Le Mans Series season is starting all
over again," said Thomas Erdos. "This year the
competition is much stronger and therefore we face a much
bigger challenge than in previous seasons. However, I can
only feel confident about the season ahead. We have such
a strong team in RML. Our LMP programme is now in its fourth
year, and this continuity can only make us stronger for
2007. Mike [Newton] and I have been driving together now
for the last four years and we have a great deal of experience
in the 1000 kilometer races. The
MG Lola and the AER engine, as a package, is a very potent
and reliable combination. Of course, the challenge coming
from Zytek, Radical and the Quifel Lola will be very strong
indeed. We may not be in the same position we were last
year, where we were very competitive in qualifying, but
I am confident our package will be very reliable and over
the 1000 kilometers we should be stronger than most."
is a very fast circuit," he continued, "so we
will need to run a very low aerodynamic set-up. The Retifilio
and Roggia chicanes are very tight corners where the approach
speed is in excess of 180mph. That means we also need a
stable car under braking . . . and that's not so easy to
achieve when running a low aero set-up! Above
all, we must finish the race and score points. The podium
is our aim, and we are all very focused on the task ahead.
The weather forecast is good, so it should be another Classic
- Back on Course
The images accompanying this item are from the
Monza 1000 Kilometers race gallery from 2005 (visit here).
The race was scheduled to be run again in September last
year, but as a result of complaints from a small number
of local residents - who objected to the noise generated
by the motor racing circuit - all events except the Italian
Grand Prix were cancelled in 2006. Thankfully these issues
have been resolved, and the historic circuit is due to host
a full calendar of races again this season. For the latest
images of the RML MG Lola EX264, please visit our recent
Paul Ricard Test gallery.
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