Motorsport

fuchs.oil.com

Motorsport

Motorsport

News

News

T E A M F U C H S

J a n u a r y 2 0 0 2


Supersport World Cham

Supersport World Champ

in Vohenstrauss

2

The new Superbike and Supersport World Championship Diary for 2002

Date Country Track Superbike Supersport

10 March Spain Valencia

24 March Australia Phillip Island

7 April South Afrika Kyalami

21 April Japan Sugo

12 May Italy Monza

26 May United Kingdom Silverstone

9 June Germany Eurospeedway Lausitz

23 June San Marino Misano

14 July USA Laguna Seca

28 July United Kingdom Brands Hatch

1 September Germany Oschersleben

8 September Netherlands Assen

29 September Italy Imola


pionship

ionship celebrations

At the end of a successful racing

season, Andrew Pitt at last

achieved a well-earned victory

in front of invited guests.

In October of last year, the

Kawasaki Racing Team sent out

invitations to the World Championship

festivities in Vohenstrauss,

not only to celebrate

the Supersport title, but also to

thank all the team’s sponsors

and friends for their support.

Among the highlights of the

event were a tour of the Kawasaki

workshop, an electric rodeo,

and live music.

The guests enjoying themselves

into the early hours of the morning

included the President of

Kawasaki Europe.

3


Walker and Isutzu in the Eckl team

Now it’s official: the FUCHS-Kawasaki

Team headed by Harald

Eckl, in the final year before

changing over to the GP1 world

championships, will be fielding

the Japanese Superbike Champion

Hitoyasu Isutzu and the

Englishman Chris Walker.

The Spaniard Gregorio Lavilla

(10th in the final world championship

rankings) has left the

team, while Akira Yanagawa

(9th place) will be staying with

Kawasaki as a test and development

driver for the future GP1

four-stroke racing bike.

Walker, second in the British

Superbike Championships of

2000, rode for the Shell Advance

Team in the 2001 GP1 world

championships on a V4 Honda,

4

but was released after

the Donington-GP.

In Harald Eckl’s team,

Walker will be taking

part in his first full

Superbike World Championship

season. He is

acknowledged as a fourstroke

specialist, and

given good results in the

season ahead will have

good chances of returning

to the Grand Prix

scene in 2003 with the GP1 fourstroke

Kawasaki. Walker: “This

season didn’t go all that well for

me. Now I’ve got a chance to

show what I can do, and one day

restore my reputation on the GP

scene.”

The Japanese Hitoyasu Isutzu

Impressions of the Chinese

Motorcycle Grand Prix 2001,

won by Hervé Danilo from

our FUCHS Silkolene Team.

Hitoyasu Isutzu

Chris Walker

entered two races last year in the

Superbike world championships. In

Sugo, he finished second (behind

Honda star Makoto Tamada) and

third (behind Tamada and Aprilia

star Troy Corser).

On the EuroSpeedway, Isutzu placed

fourth and ninth.

(Artikel from “motorsport aktuell”)


The Italjet Racing Team recommends

and uses FUCHS Silkolene products

Quote from Jörg Moeller, Senior Engineer of the

Italjet Racing Team/Moto Grand Prix 125 ccm, on

the superlative performance achieved by the team

using FUCHS Silkolene products:

“In the past, I’ve often worked with mineral oil

companies who supplied us with very good products,

but didn’t necessarily match the needs of a

team participating in a really difficult competition

like the World Championships.

So I was delighted when FUCHS LUBRICANTS (UK) –

and its excellent R&D laboratory – got together

with us and developed Silkolene products which

also meet the complex requirements of a Moto

Grand Prix.

What’s particularly important in the 125 ccm category?

Getting more power out of the engine than

is really possible! After a few trial laps, we found

that by using FUCHS Silkolene PRO 2, we were able

to get 0.6 more horsepower.

The range of complementary products, too, like

gear oil, chain lubricant and maintenance spray,

all guarantee excellent results.

FUCHS Silkolene has thus become our ideal partner

for trying out and developing new products, which

the Italjet Racing Team uses, and recommends to

everyone keen on looking after their motorbikes

properly.”

Impressions of the

Malaysian Motorcycle

Grand Prix 2001 with

our FUCHS Silkolene Team.

2001 was a successful

year for the FUCHS

ZONGSHEN Team in the

Endurance Class. A good

start to the season in Le

Mans was crowned by a

first place in the Endurance

World Cup and a second

place in the Endurance

World Championships.

5


Ice speedwa

6

Franky determined

to win the Ice

Speedway World

Championships

Individual runner-up

in the winter 2000

world championships,

team runnerup

in the 2001

world championships,

“Franky” Zorn is now

going for the big one: he’s

determined to be the next individual

Ice Speedway World Champion. In pursuit of

this goal, Austria’s ice-cyclist spent the summer innovating.

Two motorcycles built to his own design, three engines from Finnish master tuner Veyo Touriniemi.

The bike weighs 112.5 kg (the minimum under the rules is 110 kg) and has 61 HP, about 2 HP more than last

year. To optimize his speed, he now changes gear with his calf instead of his foot. So Zorn is confident of

giving the Russian stars Dragolin and Vadeev, in particular,

more than a run for their money in the world championships.

In December of last year, Zorn traveled to Finland for training,

and to try out the bike on an iced-over lake. Principal sponsor

FUCHS, the helmet sponsor Red Bull, Whitepower (shock-absorber

fork) and Esso Filling Station Prantl (Zorn’s employer during

the summer months) share the sponsorship costs. Excluding

labor, the bike costs around 40,000 DM.


y

Ice speedway diary for 2002

Date Track Country Event

5 January Berlin Germany Masters of Spikes

6 January St. Johann i. Pongau Austria International

12/13 January Steingarden Germany International

12/13 January Bollnäs Sweden WC qualification I

12/13 January Saalfelden Austria WC qualification II

19/20 January Flims Switzerland International

2/3 February Ufa Russia Semifinal I

9 February Berlin Germany WC qualification III

10 February Berlin Germany Semifinal II

16/17 February Ekaterinburg Russia GP 1+2

20/21 February Saransk Russia GP 3+4

23/24 February Krasnogorsk Russia Team-WC-final

28 February Saransk Russia European championships

2/3 March Saransk Russia European championships

9/10 March Assen Netherlands GP 5+6

16/17 March Inzell Germany GP 7+8

Speedway

53rd “Golden Helmet”

sponsored by

FUCHS OIL in Czechia

The 53rd “Golden Helmet”

organized by FUCHS OIL was

held at Pardubice in the Czech

Republic from 5 to 7 October

2001. The competition is one of

the oldest speedway races on

the European continent, dating

back to 1929. FUCHS OIL CORP.

(CZ) acted as the principal sponsor

for the region’s most popular

speedway event. In the

Motodrom, offering space for

35,000 spectators, the FUCHS

promotion enjoyed excellent

exposure. The Czech TV station

CT2 broadcast the event live for

90 minutes. The winner of the

two preceding years, the

Australian Leigh Adams, thrilled

the public by winning this time

as well, adding a third “Golden

Helmet” to his collection of trophies.

The 54th “Golden

Helmet” will be held from 4 to 6

October 2002. FUCHS OIL CORP.

(CZ) hopes to act as the principal

sponsor once again.

7


F1 World Championship

Third place for P

Philippe Dessertenne crowned

a successful season.

With four top-three-finishes

(twice second and twice third),

the FUCHS Team’s helmsman

achieved third place in the

overall rankings of the

F1 World Championships

in 2001.

Following a copybook start,

Philippe was already sixth during

the first lap, before finally closing

the gap on the leaders to

8

move up to fourth.

Philippe knew he could not permit

himself any mistakes, since

he was being hard-pressed by

top-caliber drivers like Guido

Cappellini (5-times world champion).

An interruption to the race

necessitated by the capsizing of

the Arab Tani Al Qamzi’s boat,

turned out in his favor. After his

team manager had given the

start signal, Philippe found his

very best form, lying second behind

the Italian helmsman Francesco

Cantando. But with 40 laps

still to go there could be no relaxing.


s hilippe Dessertenne

Philippe not only had to ward

off the repeated attacks of the

Saudi-Arabian helmsman Laith

Pharaon directly behind him, but

also pursue his own strategy of

exploiting any possible weakness

displayed by Francesco Cantando.

After several cold sweats (with

all the contestants straining every

nerve and sinew), the FUCHS

Team’s helmsman saw the blackand-white

checkered flag dip to

salute him into second place.

This placing gave the FUCHS

Team several top-three finishes

in the 2001 season: second place

at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,

third place in the overall helmsman

rankings, and third place in

the overall team rankings.

French Championships

FUCHS-F1 Team at the

“Salon Nautique” in Paris

As guests of honor at the “Salon Nautique” boat show in Paris,

the FUCHS-F1 Team and the F1 catamaran were a big attraction

throughout the exhibition, held from 30 November to 10

December 2001. Philippe Dessertenne and his team enthusiastically

seized the opportunity to tell visitors all about their racing

experiences, naturally remembering to mention the products of

the FUCHS LABO range.

9


Outstanding success in the French Mountain

Championships – Formula 3000

The big hope for the French

championships, FUCHS LABO’s

plant driver Lionel Régal, had

some unforgettable races during

the season. After a year of hard

work, the young driver from

10

Lyon finally succeeded in mastering

his problems: following his

brilliant performances in Bagnols

Sabran and Col St. Pierre, he set

entirely new standards by beating

the French title-holder and

winner of the Grand Slam 2000,

François Chamberod, in Pommeraye.

Lionel Régal is now regarded

as the hot favorite for the

2002 season.

“Les Galapiats”

successful in Le Mans

On the same track that’s used for the Le

Mans 24-hour race, we met the eleven

youthful drivers of the “Les Galapiats”

team, who have already had an opportunity

to take part in international events

and drive their laps on

the legendary 13.6 km

track. All the team’s drivers

finished the race.

The President of the

“Automobile Club de

l’Ouest” presented them

with the trophy of the

Le Mans 24-hour race for up-and-coming

drivers.


French Championships

Formula Title won in the French Mountain

Championships Renault

The French Mountain Championships

in Formula Renault were won in the

2001 season by Rossel. His vehicle

was tuned by the eponymous workshop

in St. Jean du Gard, which he

owns.

Second place

at the French Rally Championships

With his new Subaru

WRC, Jérôme Galpin

came second in the

famous autumn rally

of La Rochelle. In the

2002 season, too, we

will be seeing him

again in the French

rally championships.

11


In the 2001 season, our Portuguese company FUCHS LUBRI-

FICANTES sponsored the Powerboat Formula 2 and 2000

Team with Luis Figueiredo, which won the Portuguese Championships.

At world championship races in Greece and Spain,

too, and in the Multicopa-Series at the Algarve Championships,

the boat achieved very high placings. Besides a

variety of advertising initiatives on the spot, the races were

also covered by media like the Eurosport TV channel.

Championships Portuguese

Rotax Go-Karts Championship in Portugal

The Portuguese agency of Rotax Go-Karts has launched an annual

championship included in the national championship program of the

Portuguese Motor Sport and Karting Association. The official kart

race oil recommended for the competition was Silkolene PRO 2; moreover,

all participants carried the FUCHS logo on their karts and racing

suits. The races were covered in a Portuguese daily

newspaper and a specialist magazine for motor

sport. There were also reports on the sports channel

of the country’s cable network and on the TV2 channel

of the Portuguese broadcasting corporation.

In the Portuguese Oldtimer Championships...

12

...Campos Costa drove a Lotus Europa

sponsored by FUCHS LUBRIFI-

CANTES.

The well-attended races are gaining

more attention each year,

both from spectators and from the

media reporting them. In almost

all races, the Lotus achieved first

places in the class rankings.

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines