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Old 22 Nov 2009, 21:13 (Ref:2587401)   #1
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Pescarolo Sport future plans...?!?!

Few weeks ago I've read on italian magazine Autosprint the new about Pescarolo Sport has been sold to Sora Composites.
Now Henri is not the owner of the team he created, but he's only the team manager. In fact, Sora Racing is the name of the team raced Pescarolo 01 in Asian Le Mans Series.
So, I'm worried because this may mean Pescarolo will disappear from motorsport. This would be terrible, in my opinion.
I don't find any new about Pescarolo Sport situation and future plans on the net. So, do you know something about?
I'm really worried, because I'm a great supporter of Pescarolo and his team.
Does someone of you know something more about the selling of Pescarolo Sport to Sora Composite?
I hope to see Pescarolo Sport with its name and its cars in the next years!
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Old 22 Nov 2009, 21:31 (Ref:2587409)   #2
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Few weeks ago I've read on italian magazine Autosprint the new about Pescarolo Sport has been sold to Sora Composites.
Now Henri is not the owner of the team he created, but he's only the team manager. In fact, Sora Racing is the name of the team raced Pescarolo 01 in Asian Le Mans Series.
So, I'm worried because this may mean Pescarolo will disappear from motorsport. This would be terrible, in my opinion.
I don't find any new about Pescarolo Sport situation and future plans on the net. So, do you know something about?
I'm really worried, because I'm a great supporter of Pescarolo and his team.
Does someone of you know something more about the selling of Pescarolo Sport to Sora Composite?
I hope to see Pescarolo Sport with its name and its cars in the next years!
Pescarolo was sold one year ago.
The future seems very dark. The Sora guys thought that this was cheap and now they don´t have the money for it. It was said that they needed a 8 million dollars budget for LMS and Le Mans, and they don´t have, but worse... they can't get it! Most probably, they will just be at Le Mans. Don´t believe that henri will continue if front of the team (as team manager) if they won't do a fulll LMS season.
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Old 22 Nov 2009, 22:15 (Ref:2587438)   #3
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I suspect it depends very much on what sort of 'golden handcuffs' have been put on Henri by Sora, and where exactly the intellectual property to the cars lies.

It's perhaps a little akin to the situation when Elf called a halt to the La Filliere programme in the late 1990s, which begat the Pescarolo Sport organisation. Obviously a lot of water has passed under the bridge, but Henri has proved able to raise the sort of sums needed in the past.

That said, I'm not sure it is all doom and gloom. Prior to Okayama Sora made some changes to the way they were run, including some pretty fundamental personnel shifts. It's probably honest to say they need finance to run (4m Euros was the figure I seem to remember) - but those numbers shouldn't be unachievable - and if they're smart about how they're running things, keeping Henri et al (e.g. de Cortanze and Bouillon for example) aboard would seem sensible.
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Old 22 Nov 2009, 22:39 (Ref:2587451)   #4
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I agree that all is not lost, and that some of the personnel changes might help (though just because someone departs due to not pulling the weight doesn't mean the replacement can) but the situation is rather dark at present. Worse, I think that Sora are more interested in the trackday car than the race team, which might prove to be a valuable income generator in the long term. Alas, in the short term, it might also spell the death knell of this iteration of Pescarolo Sport.
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I fear for Pescarolo. If this team would disappear, we would miss one of the most interesting and competitive team in the modern endurance scene. Pescarolo 01 has been designed by Pescarolo's men, so the Sora has only built the chassis, due they are specialized in composite materials.
Pescarolo is the father of the car, and I hope he will race next year with its own name.
Pescarolo's economical crisis is one of the collateral effects of the superdiesel dominion in Le Mans.
Pescarolo has been the only petrol P1 car capable to compete against Audi and Peugeot, but main sponsors have not been happy to finance a non-winning car.
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Old 23 Nov 2009, 17:44 (Ref:2587973)   #6
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I believe only one new Pescarolo tub, 08, was laid down since the takeover/merger with Sora so any of the influence they may have had on the Pescarolo 01 would be largely limited to the bodywork. Admittedly there was a good deal more intricately crafted bodywork seen on the car this year, including some which was deemed illegal before ever being raced, but that is down to the wind tunnel time as much as new carbon folks, methinks. The #17 chassis from this year was actually chassis 01-01 and didn't seem to be different from #16 after it received the new bodywork. Anyone know anything that might suggest otherwise?
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 19:26 (Ref:2588626)   #7
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There was a rumour about Pescarolo to associate with Charouz Racing...but only a rumour though
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I would love to see an 01 raced in the US (assuming I'm not headed to LM this year). We've always had a few Zyteks/Creations and of course plenty of Lolas, but no on has bought what I consider to be one of, if not the best, customer package available. I always thought that was odd... I wonder if they are more expensive?
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I would love to see an 01 raced in the US (assuming I'm not headed to LM this year). We've always had a few Zyteks/Creations and of course plenty of Lolas, but no on has bought what I consider to be one of, if not the best, customer package available. I always thought that was odd... I wonder if they are more expensive?
There was that sale of a chassis to the Mundill team last year with plans to run the ALMS in 2010, but there has been little news since that initial press release. They keep their website updated with their StarMazda news, so the team hasn't disappeared, but we'll have to wait and see about their ALMS plans.
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According to today's Auto Hebdo, Henri Pescarolo could associate with Mexicans Fernandez Racing(ex-Acura LMP2 in ALMS)and run at Le Mans the 4th Peugeot 908 with an all-mexican drivers line-up

Where have they gone look for such rumours
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Old 25 Nov 2009, 09:44 (Ref:2588951)   #11
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Wow..... I was hoping for something like this to happen . Theres no smoke without fire , and auto hebdo , do they normally report dross ?

An all Mexican Team with a Pug sounds brilliant !!!
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This sounds to my ears as the end of Pescarolo Sport story. So, it's a sad new. I'm very disappointed. Pescarolo has sold his factory to Sora Composites, abdicating to all his future plans to win Le Mans with a car built by himself.
In this way, Pescarolo will never win Le Mans at the same way of his hero Jean Rondeau.
Pescarolo Sport was created to accomplish this mission, and it's very sad this very bad end of the story.
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Be nice if henri could buy it back on the cheap side , if Sora cant afford to run it !!!
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I wrote an e-mail to Henri, few months ago. I suggested him to ask to a manufacturer for a joint venture. It should be wonderful to see a Pescarolo-Porsche (i.e.) on the starting grid in Le Mans.
Porsche is interested to come back in P1, but now its economical position may be a trouble for the next P1 program.
So, they could cooperate with Pescarolo Sport to supply them a huge engine to face Aston Martin, Audi and Peugeot in Le Mans, LMS and ALMS.
This could be possible, in my opinion. A winning strategy for both.
They may find a wonderful partner one each other, becoming one of the most competitive team in P1 panorama.
What do you think about?
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I think its a fine idea , but I cant see anything comin from Porsche in P1 for awhile . But old Henri has good links with Porsche from past years .

I reckon Pescarolo would make a fine partner for any manufacturer .
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