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  • #16
    Maybe Spyker will switch to GT1 with the new Aileron


    • #17
      One more question, is it possible to watch LMS or FIA GT races online? I'm in the states so I don't get any of those races on tv and the ALMS product isn't great racing compared to European sports car racing.


      • #18
        We will try to post some livestreams here like we did last season. But I'm not sure if they work in the US.


        • #19
          Tom Coronel joins Spyker Squadron

          Spyker has confirmed the first driver of their 2009 Le Mans Series line-up. 36-year old Dutchman Tom Coronel will race the team’s Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R in the five races of the Le Mans Series as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. The second driver is still to be announced.

          Coronel has raced for Spyker in several races in the last couple of years, most recently in the final Le Mans Series race at Silverstone in September of 2008. He will combine his Le Mans Series campaign with his fifth consecutive year in the FIA WTCC in which he races a Seat.

          The Dutchman will be joined by another experienced driver as his team mate. Spyker Squadron has confirmed it is still negotiating with several other drivers. including Spyker regulars Peter Dumbreck and Ralf Kelleners. A formal announcement regarding the full line-up for 2009 is expected next month at the 79th International Motor Show in Geneva. This would mean the line-up would be complete prior to the Le Mans Series Official Test Days at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit in France.

          Source: | Tom Coronel joins Spyker Squadron

          Good news!


          • #20
            It looks like Jarek Janis will be the second Spyker Squadron driver this season. The Squadron was testing this week at Vallelunga and both Tom Coronel and Jarek Janis where there to test the 2009 updates on the C8 Laviolette GT2R.

            Sport&GT | LMS - La Spyker prova a Vallelunga

            In two weeks time at the start of the Geneva autoshow Spyker will present the car for the new season and also the new drivers.


            • #21
              I see a new rear wing. And maybe they changed something to the front bodywork?
              Why? Because there are no stickers on it


              • #22
                Spyker Squadron completes line-up with Jarek Janis

                After last week's confirmation of Tom Coronel as a Spyker factory driver, Spyker Squadron today reveals Tom’s team mate for the upcoming race season: Czech talent and former Spyker Squadron pilot Jarek Janis will share the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R with Tom in the Le Mans Series and in the most grueling endurance race of all; the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Although both have raced the Spyker GT2 race cars before they have never shared a car in the past.

                Jarek Janis: “I am really pleased to be back with the team. After the accident at Spa Franchorchamps in 2007 my first priority was to fully recover and get fit to be able race again. Fortunately Peter van Erp gave me a chance to test with the team last week at Vallelunga, Italy, and everything went really well. We successfully completed over 200 laps in two days and the car felt great. Both the aerodynamics and the engine have been improved a lot compared to the Spyker C8 that I raced in 2007”.

                He continues: “I am looking forward to race next season, we have a good chance to be a front runner, and I am pleased to share the car with Tom Coronel, he truly is great person to work with and brings a lot of experience to the team. I would like to thank team manager Peter van Erp for giving me the opportunity to race and Victor Muller and Antonin Charouz for making it possible for me to compete with a Spyker at Le Mans”.

                Tom Coronel: “Last week it was the first time I met with Jarek. He is a great guy to work with and although he is young, he is very bright and, most important, quick. If you look at his resume it is easy to understand why Spyker Squadron has chosen for Jarek”.

                Antonin Charouz, manager of Jarek Janis: "I am very glad that we succeeded to close a deal with Spyker Squadron and that Jarek became official factory driver of Spyker. Thanks to that, Jarek returns to a team where they know each other well. He also returns to world class sports cars racing competing in both the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans".

                Peter van Erp, managing director Spyker Squadron: “I am exited to have Jarek back in our team. We have worked with Jarek and his manager Antonin Charouz since 2007 and it has always been a pleasure to work with them. We first talked with Jarek before Christmas and decided to invite Jarek for our two day Vallelunga test last week. After a thorough evaluation the team decided to contract him for 2009. We have high expectations that both Tom and Jarek will perform well”.

                In the next weeks the team will reveal further details of their 2009 plans.

                Source: Nieuwsdetail | Spykercars


                • #23
                  Excellent news!!!
                  Winning on sunday, selling on monday!


                  • #24
                    Le Mans 24 hours: One Spyker in, one on the reserve list

                    Winning on sunday, selling on monday!


                    • #25
                      Don't think the chance is very big that the second Spyker will be on the grid at Le Mans...


                      • #26
                        When you look at the entry list you see that the Spyker engine is 3.8 liters. Last season they started with a 3.8 and changed it to a 4.0 liter engine.

                        Do you think they switched back? Or is it a small mistake? Maybe we will hear more in Geneva?


                        • #27
                          Bleekemolen joins Spyker Squadron at Le Mans

                          By Marcel ten Caat ⋅ February 28, 2009
                          Snoras Spyker Squadron has completed its line-up for the Le Mans 24 Hours after signing Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen. Bleekemolen will join Tom Coronel and Jarek Janis in the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R at the Circuit de la Sarthe next June.

                          The Spyker team has been able to assemble a highly experienced line-up for its Le Mans attempt in the LM GT2 class. Earlier on the Dutch team already confirmed Tom Coronel and Jarek Janis for the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as the full Le Mans Series.

                          Like his two team mates Jeroen Bleekemolen has got a lot of experience in sportscar and GT racing and is also very familiar with the team from Zeewolde, The Netherlands. Bleekemolen already raced for Spyker in the Le Mans Series and at Le Mans back in 2006 and has since then raced for Racing for Holland and Van Merksteijn Motorsport. Last year Bleekemolen won the LMP2 class at Le Mans.

                          Source: | Bleekemolen joins Spyker Squadron at Le Mans


                          • #28
                            Quotes from the official press release have been added to the article.
                            Last edited by Stranger; 28-02-2009, 15:15.


                            • #29
                              Wow, that's a cracking line-up!
                              Winning on sunday, selling on monday!


                              • #30
                                Victor Muller and Vladimir Antonov talked with Honda F1

                                Hello guys,

                                Read this article in Dutch from today in de Telegraaf.
                                What must we think about this.

                                Redding nabij voor Honda - - De website van wakker Nederland [Autosport]

                                Short translation:
                                "One of the parties who owned Honda Formula 1 and the current management have negotiated Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV listed in Zeewolde. There is no doubt that Vladimir Antonov as his major stockholder is involved. This Russian millionaire, the Lithuanian bank owned Snoras, which name comes back on the Le Mans GT cars from Spyker."
                                Last edited by Dutchdude; 01-03-2009, 12:30.

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