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DeltaWing to run at Petit LeMans An announcement is expected in the next day or two that the Nissan Delta Wing will race again this year at the ALMS’s season-closing Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 20th.
“We’ve been loading up the test miles,” Delta Wing designer Ben Bowlby told Gordon Kirby of Motor Sport Magazine. “We ran for two days and completed heading on for a thousand kilometers. We’re still working through some very basic parts of the test program but the reliability is looking good and we’re learning a lot. We’ve been working through reliability concerns to make sure we can run 1000 miles.”
“We’ve got so much unfinished business and we’re keen to show the Delta Wing to our American fans,” Bowlby said. “We need to build our racing experience with the car and it’s important for people to realize that we haven’t made a kit to suit Road Atlanta which of course is a very different track from Le Mans. Road Atlanta is much more about cornering and grip than Le Mans which is a lot about straight-line speed.
“We will be the only car running a Le Mans-spec aero package and Le Mans-spec tires because there simply hasn’t been the time or resources to develop a Road Atlanta kit, but we’re looking forward to racing the car in America. So it will be another learning experience for us. I’m not expecting us to be challenging at the front, but we will be competitive and we hope to show more of the potential in the car.
“The Delta Wing will be quite challenged in the argy-bargy of the Road Atlanta environment,” Bowlby added. “It’s much more crowded than Le Mans simply because it’s much shorter and tighter. We will be out there wearing our hearts on our sleeves all over again. Innovation has its innate risks and until we’ve done twenty races we will be on the ragged edge of the car’s ability and our knowledge of it. Again, there’s a great deal to be learned.”
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