James Glickenhaus: “We learned a lot in WEC”

James Glickenhaus: “We learned a lot in WEC”
James Glickenhaus: “We learned a lot in WEC”

Glickenhaus is back! Certainly, the 007 LMH was stored in the garage and it is on the side of the 004C that the man in the hat is making a return to competition for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.

Franck Mailleux and Thomas Mutsch, both team regulars, and new recruits Côme Ledogar and Lance David Arnold are keen to shine in a few days on the Nordschleife at the wheel of the GT which will compete in the SP-X category.

“I just missed it a lot.”confided James Glickenhaus, boss of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. “For me, the Nürburgring is a truly special place where many stories have been written. Besides the grandiose fans, it is the unique spirit that drives the people here. »

It was during the 24H Nürburgring Qualifiers that the team made its return to the Eifel. “It’s even better than expected”smiles Lance David Arnold. “The team has enormous team spirit and the car is really pleasant to drive. The middle seating position was a bit unusual at first, but once you get used to it, it’s ideal. It’s a small team that develops everything itself. »

With this return to Germany after a year of absence, James Glickenhaus expects a lot from his flagship model. “We had a lot of fun in the WEC and we learned a lot”he explains. “However, we adapt better to the Nürburgring with our car, our team and our ideas. We are driving here with the “GT3” version of our car and our objective is to integrate all the knowledge acquired in motorsport into our road cars, the delivery of which we are starting this year. »

We won’t teach you anything by telling you that the 007 LMH will not be at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a few weeks. However, the experience gained in the WEC promises to be a plus for the SCG, as Lance David Arnold confirms: “The team has evolved in recent years. There is real professionalism and a desire to change things. As a driver, you can also invest yourself in a very different way than in a big factory team. Here, we have the classic role that we had before. We agree, the engineer tries to implement what was said. »

In addition to Lance David Arnold, Côme Ledogar joins the team, he who loves driving on the Nordschleife. “Here, the team spirit is fantastic”he emphasizes. “The Nordschleife and the look of the Glickenhaus prototypes are simply iconic. The working method is identical to that of large professional teams: very calm and very professional. »

At 73, James Glickenhaus remains a motorsport enthusiast, the one who gave his name to the pole position trophy, awarded since 2016. In 2017, it was the American team which won the famous Glickenhaus Trophy. The passion remains there for the man of cinema.

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