Laguna Seca track record unofficially falls to Ferrari’s Gene

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Marc Gene has unofficially beaten the track record at the Laguna Seca circuit in the USA driving a 2003 Ferrar1 F2003-GA.

Gene was driving the car at the Ferrari Racing Days event at the California circuit. He covered the 3.6km (2.24-mile) circuit in 1’05.78.

That beats the previous fastest time of 1’05.88 set by Sebastien Bourdais driving a Panoz DP01 Champ Car in 2007.

Although F1 has never raced at the famous circuit, home of the Corkscrew corner, Ricardo Zonta set a 1.06.30 in a Toyota TF106 at the track in 2006.

Champ Car last raced at the circuit in 2004. A1 Grand Prix made a single visit to Laguna Seca in 2006.

Pictures: Marc Gene in a Ferrari F2003-GA at Laguna Seca

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41 comments on Laguna Seca track record unofficially falls to Ferrari’s Gene

  1. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 22nd May 2012, 7:28

    it’s a shame gene isn’t driving a certain peugeot right about now

  2. William Brierty said on 22nd May 2012, 8:41

    Sorry Marc, I just did a 1:04.362 in a Ferrari F1 car (F2007) that has two fewer cylinders and groved tyres, thanks to Gran Turismo 5.

  3. CNSZU said on 22nd May 2012, 9:39

    An F1 car barely edges out a Champ car? That’s pathetic.

    • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 22nd May 2012, 12:13

      That’s comparing apples and oranges. This is an old Ferrari, on super hard demo spec tyres which are in a size the car was never designed for, running with a ‘safe’ engine map which will have a conservative limiter on it. An F1 car in full racing trim would be much faster.

    • SteveA said on 22nd May 2012, 15:57

      dont forget the champcar record was done at the end of a week of testing where all the cars had managed to fine tune there setups & the track had been properly rubbered in.

      have a proper f1 test at laguna seca for a couple days to get setups sorted & the track rubbered in & the modern f1 cars would go 2-3 seconds quicker.

  4. This is interesting – but surprised at how Bourdais in a Champ Car managed to be faster than the late 90s Indycars

  5. a4p (@a4p) said on 22nd May 2012, 13:29

    What if Gene used a F2004 or a MP4-20, then? ;D

  6. Aditya Banerjee (@) said on 22nd May 2012, 17:50

    I still think he should have replaced Massa in ’09, not BADoer or FISHichella…

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