Early Season Round Up
Thursday 30th March 2006
Whilst many companies in motor racing are preparing themselves for the upcoming season, Xtrac continue their domination and support of all the world's major categories, some of which are listed below.
Xtrac is pleased to have been associated with a very successful first season of racing in the exciting new A1GP Championship. The order for 50 single specification gearboxes was one of the largest ever placed for a high level single seater racing car and the gearbox has performed especially well. Many congratulations to Team France on winning the title and to Switzerland (2nd) and Great Britain (3rd).
The 2006 championship began with the Bahrain Grand Prix on the 12th March and has already shown that this year may be just as close and exciting as it was in 2005. Xtrac is pleased to be supporting all its existing customers and welcomes the addition of the new Super Aguri team.
26th March at Homestead in Florida saw the start of the 14 round 2006 IRL series which, for the 7th successive year, sees all the cars starting each race with the regulation Xtrac gearbox. The Blue Riband event for the IRL is the legendary INDY 500 which this year will be held on the 28th May 2006.
Five rounds of the World Rally Championship have already been completed with Xtrac’s customers having had a good start to the season following on from the championship win in 2005 for Citroen. Three of the five rounds have been won using Xtrac gearboxes helping Citroen to an early Championship lead.
The AMA Motocross championship is already well underway with over 14 rounds completed already leaving only 1 to go. Xtrac are working again with the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki team to help emulate the unprecedented clean sweep they achieved of both the East and West coast Titles in 2005.
Chris Gosselar came second in the East Coast Championship using an Xtrac gearbox and Xtrac customers are currently 2nd & 3rd (Grand Langston and Ryan Villopoto respectively) in the West Coast Championsip with one race remaining.
ALMS / Sebring
The ALMS championship started with the 12 hours of Sebring on the 18th March which was won by the Audi R10 Diesel car on its race debut. Xtrac was in attendance, supporting our 16 plus customers which make up nearly 50% of the total field including the new Audi R10’s and the entire GT1 entry.
Le Mans / LMS
After Sebring, the Sportscar series continues in Europe with the LMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Xtrac’s development in LMP continues with our latest LMP1 gear cluster helping Henri Pescarolo's team to victory in the first round of the LMS at Istanbul. This cluster forms part of the new ‘529’ LMP gearbox which will be available in 2006.
Rally Raids and the Dakar rally in particular have been a significant part of Xtrac’s life over the past 20 years and the 2006 Dakar was a significant as ever for us and our customers. The great battle between Mitsubishi, who won for the sixth successive year, and Volkswagen who came in second, with the highest ever finish for a diesel powered car proved that Xtrac’s reliability and innovation is still second to none in this uniquely arduous arena.