13/02/07 - HORAG CONFIRM 2007 PLANS
The highly experienced Horag Racing team are getting set for the Sebring 12 Hours and a full Le Mans Series campaign in 2007.

Speaking to Lola about the teams plans, the squads team manager, Markus Hotz said. ”Everything stayed in America after Laguna Seca, at Kevin Doran’s workshop, so we’re now preparing for Sebring.”

The team’s LMP2 Lola Judd will be raced this year by the same trio as at Petit Le Mans – Fredy Lienhard, Didier Theys and Eric van de Poele (the latter didn’t race the car with the other two at Laguna Seca). After Sebring, “we will send everything straight to New York, so we can be back in time for Monza in April.”
A trip to the Lola factory last week sealed the arrangements to have the B05/40 updated to B07 spec and Markus Hotz comments that “ We have the aero upgrades and the gearbox developments so it’s really a full 2007 car.”

Concerning the whole LMP restrictor issue, Markus Hotz can see the wider picture.

“I like the American way: I like the idea that the LMP2 cars can earn a good position overall, but I understand that the ACO wants to keep the two classes separate. It’s quite interesting?”

Regarding the fact that the Horag Lola didn’t benefit the way the turbo LMP2 cars benefited in the ALMS last year, Markus Hotz remarked that “Porsche showed us that you can do it, but maybe we can change the gearing to make us a little more competitive at Sebring”.

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Horag Racing made a number of appearences in the 2006 ALMS series.
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The Horag Racing Lola B05/40 at the Petite Le Mans in 2006.
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