The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has given the green light to the Lola Aston Martin entered by Kronos Racing to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans (11th and 12th June) as a result of the withdrawal of the Highcroft Honda.
In association with Marc VDS team, Kronos Racing will engage three Belgian drivers in the LM P1 class. Vanina Ickx, Bas Leinders and Maxime Martin will seek a "Top 10" in qualifying, hoping that consistency in the race will allow them to do well at the finish.
Marc Van Dalen (Kronos Director): "It is both a relief and a certain pressure. There are only three weeks to get everything ready and the countdown will go by so fast! We are pleased that the ACO has finally accepted our entry and we will do our utmost to represent Belgium well at Le Mans, in the tradition of our glorious predecessors, the Belgian national team and Ecurie Francorchamps. "
Jean-Michel Delporte (Sporting Director Marc VDS Racing): "This is our second participation at Le Mans after our debut at the race last year with the Ford GT. We have strengthened the team in all areas this winter and can count on a united team. Operating in association with Kronos Racing (management and communication), allows us to focus on the technical operation of the car, which is quite a challenge. "
Marc van der Straten-Ponthoz (President Marc VDS Racing): "Le Mans is the ultimate endurance event and to participate in a prestigious car fills us with joy. We will be behind our 100% Belgian crew throughout the 24 hours in wishing him a good finish, although we are aware of the hazards of this legendary race. "
Julien Hergault - According to the press release of Kronos RacingPhoto : Michel Legeay - ACO/Nikon
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Photo: LE MANS, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, TEST DAY April 24, 2011. The Belgian team did not regret having participated in the test day as reserve entry.