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  • Spyker Race Season 2009

    In this thread you can post all information for the next season. And we can speculate on what Spyker will do. Will they come up with a new engine? Will they continue to used the C8 Laviolette or will they switch to the Aileron.

    The provisional calendar for the 2009 season is already released:

    March 8-9 - Official Test - Paul Ricard
    April 3-4-5 - 1000KM of Catalunya - Barcelona, Spain
    May 8-9-10 - 1000KM of Spa-Francorchamps - Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
    July 31 - August 1-2 - 1000KM of Algarve - Portimão, Portugal
    August 28-29-30 - 1000KM of the Nürburgring - Nürburgring, Germany
    September 11-12-13 - 1000KM of Silverstone - Silverstone, Great Britain
    More information: Planetlemans.com | The 2009 Le Mans Series calendar has been revealed!

  • #2
    The Squadrom already had their first winter test at the ATP testtrack in Papenburg.
    They were there for 2 days 28 & 29 oktober. If you understand German you can read HERE what Benjamin Leuenberger has to tell about it.

    In November more tests will be held, but at a warmer location. So my guess is Spain or Portugal.

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    • #3
      The Swiss Spyker dealer (Speedy) won't run/fund the second C8 Laviolette GT2R in 2009:

      Alexandre Pesci also confirmed the Speedy Racing Spyker GT2 programme will not be continued in 2009.
      Source: Planet Le Mans

      Now we have to wait and see how many Spyker's there will be next season. Will the factory have enough money to fund two Squadron cars? Of will they fund/run one Squadron car and find another dealer(?) to fund the second car?

      Of will they just have one car?

      And what about Snoras? At the beginning of the 2008 season they signed a sponsorcontract with the Squadron for 2 seasons. But Snoras transfered their shares in Spyker to another subsidary of the Convers Group. Will they still sponsor the Squadron? Or will there be another name on the cars?

      A lot of questions

      But the good news is that if you look at the agenda on the Squadron website you will notice that all the dates of the Le Mans Series and Le Mans are there. So at least one car will be there

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      • #4
        <offtopic> Leer nou eens dat het Planetlemans is </offtopic>

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        • #5
          does any teams running Spyker's plan to run any ALMS races in the States? I'm assuming someone will be at Le Mans in June.

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          • #6
            @Quinn31, there have been some plans for this in the past. But no team in the States has bought a Spyker to race in ALMS (as far as we know).

            But the Spyker Squadron (factory team) has been present at Sebring a couple of times. Don't know exactly when that was.

            This year Spyker will run in the LMS and Le Mans with one or two cars. But this still has to be officially announced!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AX lover View Post
              @Quinn31, there have been some plans for this in the past. But no team in the States has bought a Spyker to race in ALMS (as far as we know).

              But the Spyker Squadron (factory team) has been present at Sebring a couple of times. Don't know exactly when that was.

              This year Spyker will run in the LMS and Le Mans with one or two cars. But this still has to be officially announced!
              Thanks for the information. I remember when the Squadron competed at Sebring. Peter Kox was driving for them.

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              • #8
                Just to add a bit more. Speedy racing who ran Spykers last year is supposedly discontinuing their GT2 Spyker program to focus on a LMP program according to this article. Planetlemans.com | Speedy Racing-Team Sebah confirms its drivers
                Last edited by Quinn31; 26-01-2009, 03:26.

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                • #9
                  That was already mentioned by me in post #3 of this thread

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                  • #10
                    Only 1 factory Spyker next year in te Le Mans Series!
                    http://www.lemans-series.com/ml/imag...entry_list.pdf

                    But it is nice to see that there are 5 different cars:
                    Ferrari F430 GT
                    Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
                    Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R
                    Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT2
                    Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2

                    Should be a nice battle! But it is a shame that there is only one Spyker

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                    • #11
                      Given the current situation with teams pulling out one Spyker is something one should be happy with.

                      They could have just said "screw it"...better to have 1 car on which they can focus than no cars or two cars running at the back of the field.

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                      • #12
                        That list is VERY interesting considering the GT1 class. They have no Aston Martin's, no Corvette's, but the interesting thing is they have a Ferrari 550. That's got to be at least 5 years old (not saying an older car is a bad thing) considering they switched to a 575 for a few years and then stopped production all together.
                        I have a few questions though...

                        1. Why is there such a small GT1 field in every racing league it seems. (LMS, ALMS, FIA)? What makes the GT1 class less popular to run than the

                        2. Will anyone ever build a new GT1 Ferrari, maybe based off the 599?

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                        • #13
                          The rules for GT1 will change in 2010, so manufacturers stop(ped) supporting it. And as far as I know the rules for 2010 aren't clear yet.

                          That is the reason why Aston Martin and Corvette quit. And also the running costs are very high in GT1. You notice that GT2 is becoming much more attractive with new entries: BMW M3, Corvette, Lamborghini Gallardo, Jaguar XK (rumour) and maybe some others?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AX lover View Post
                            The rules for GT1 will change in 2010, so manufacturers stop(ped) supporting it. And as far as I know the rules for 2010 aren't clear yet.

                            That is the reason why Aston Martin and Corvette quit. And also the running costs are very high in GT1. You notice that GT2 is becoming much more attractive with new entries: BMW M3, Corvette, Lamborghini Gallardo, Jaguar XK (rumour) and maybe some others?
                            that's too bad, because GT1 was always my favorite class to watch.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AX lover View Post
                              The rules for GT1 will change in 2010, so manufacturers stop(ped) supporting it. And as far as I know the rules for 2010 aren't clear yet.

                              That is the reason why Aston Martin and Corvette quit. And also the running costs are very high in GT1. You notice that GT2 is becoming much more attractive with new entries: BMW M3, Corvette, Lamborghini Gallardo, Jaguar XK (rumour) and maybe some others?
                              Errr...not entirely correct. Yes, the rules will change, but that has nothing to do with manufacturers quitting.

                              As a matter of fact Aston Martin and Corvette have already created GT2 cars, which would fit into the new GT1 regulations quite easily.

                              The 2010 regulations seem to be known...just not to the general public. The whole idea of Mr. Ratel is to start a GT1 World Championship with manufacturer support...(remains to be seen if he reaches that goal).

                              The running costs in GT1 are indeed way too high for a car that can fight for the win, hence only four cars in the LMS and even less (1-3) in the ALMS.
                              FIA GT seems to be the place to be for the current GT1 models, but even there they are in their final season. The number of GT1 cars has dropped as teams are unable to explain to their sponsors why they should pay for an expensive GT1 car that is not eligible as of 2010. It is the main reason why Team Modena switched to GT2 and teams like Jetalliance have taken a sabbatical.

                              As for GT1 cars in the future, don't look surprised if you see some of the current GT2 and GT3 models back in GT1.

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