Mowlem forced to withdraw Following its outstanding North American debut at Petit Le Mans, the LMP2 Zytek 07S moves on to race at the Laguna Seca American Le Mans Series round. The Zytek team had been looking forward to welcoming back Johnny Mowlem to its driver line-up for the race. However, due to an injury received driving at Petit Le Mans, he has sadly had to withdraw from the event.
Johnny drove for the team in the final races of last year’s ALMS championship, finishing second overall at Petit Le Mans and leading the race at Laguna Seca.
“It is very unfortunate that Johnny, through no fault of his own, will be unable to drive for us at Laguna Seca due to the wrist injury that he suffered last weekend,” said Zytek Motorsport team director Trevor Foster. “He did a first class job when he raced for us in the USA last year and, I hope there will be an opportunity to work with him again in the near future.”
Johnny was very unlucky to damage his wrist in practice at Petit Le Mans when he went off on oil left by an LMP 2 car, just seconds after IMSA officials had called for a black flag for the loss of fluid that subsequently turned out to be emanating from a broken oil union.
“It’s such a shame that a set of circumstances have contrived to force me to miss this opportunity to return to the factory Zytek team and be a part of what I’m sure will be a very successful weekend for them. When I returned to the UK and discovered that the damage to my right wrist was worse than originally thought, I had no alternative but to consider that I wasn’t going to be fit enough to do credit to the entire Zytek operation. So I have with much regret had to pull out of the drive at the 11th hour. I’d very much like to thank Bill Gibson and Trevor Foster for their support over the last few days, and I wish the whole Zytek team the best of luck for the Laguna weekend.”
At Zytek’s request, Johnny will still attend the Laguna Seca race.
An announcement concerning Johnny’s replacement will be made within the next few days. The other driver has already been confirmed as Stefan Mucke, one of the team that took the Zytek to an LMP2 class podium finish and overall fourth place at Petit Le Mans.
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