Prodrive Ferrari takes flawless GTS win
|Sunday, June 15th 2003, 16:36 GMT|
The British Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari team finally came good on the promising speed it showed in its Le Mans debut one year ago to dominate the GTS class in this year's race.
Although one of the team's cars crashed out over night with a wheel bearing failure, the 550 Maranello driven by Tomas Enge, Jamies Davies and Peter Kox ran flawlessly during the event, and finished with a huge margin over its nearest challenger.
Enge felt that the result was payback from last year's race, when the team led until being forced to retire. "We dominated last year until 5am on Sunday morning," Enge told autosport.com. "After we retired I said to myself 'Okay, I have to come back next year to complete some unfinished business.
"We put lots of preparation into this, and the whole team did a brilliant job. Both the car and my team-mates ran flawlessly throughout the race."
Enge admitted to some concerns when the team's other car crashed out of the race. "We didn't know what the problem was until after the car was brought back to the paddock some hours later," said Enge. "Once we found out that it was a brake problem we decided to back off and be much easier on the brakes. Thankfully, we had such a big lead towards the end of the race that we were able to do so without worry."
However, there was one part of the race's climax that did disappoint the Czech driver. He said: "I was a bit disappointed because when I got up on the podium there was no champagne for us to spray. I was really looking forward to that!"