Debora

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For the steamship, see SS Debora.
For a Brazilian model, see Debora Silva.

Debora Racing cars is a small French car builder, popular with private racing teams, based in Besançon, France. Teams generally use their chassis to take part in Le Mans style endurance racing such as Magny Cours, Jarama and le Mans.

Drivers also tend to be French with Bruno Boccard and David Dusseau being two of the more famous. Debora use an LMP Le Mans Prototype type 1 body shell over a mid-engined chassis with open driving seat in the bodywork. Their Type 2 LMP with closed bodywork owes much to the Courage and is a truly beautiful piece of engineering.

Engines have been known to come from a 3litre BMW and a 2litre Ford Cosworth Turbo on the Jarama racetrack 1997.[1]

Sponsored by Waterair in 1998 the Debora two car team did a little better with one of the cars coming in 15th a mere 19 laps behind the winner.[2]

Later in '98 at the ISRS world championships, Debora carried off the trophy for SR2 driven by De Castelli, Jakubowski & Bruneau.

In July 2000 during the US Le Mans series held at the Nürburgring in Germany, a private driving the Orphee-sponsored Debora car powered by a BMW engine came tenth. Full details of the race finishers can be found here.[3]

In 2001 at the Le Mans series they did not finish as the car overheated due to a water leak after 48 laps. But at ELMS, Debora took the category SR2 with Dussau et Gomez

in Magny Cours 2002 French hopes in SR2 rested with PiR Competition with their selection of Pilbeam and Debora chassis. Team boss/driver Pierre Bruneau hoped that local Sodemo Peugeot power would thrust them towards the front. "We have tested at Magny Cours about six weeks ago with the Pilbeam and got some good results", said the enthusiastic Bruneau. "We also took the Debora to Dijon last week and made a lot of improvements, so we are confident of some good points this weekend." British racer Paul Daniels also showed well that season and teamed up in the Debora with Frenchman Philippe Hottinguer (who drove with the team at Barcelona) and Italian Ludovico Manfredi (who drove for PiR at the corresponding event in 2001). More home support came in the way of Didier Bonnet's return to the Championship with his faithful Debora BMW combination.

the Atari computer game LE MANS 24 HOURS for the PC and PS2 listed the Debora LM racing team. a website for cheats can be found here [4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Racing Sports Cars - International Sports Racing Series Jarama 1997 (Photo Archive)
  2. ^ Racing Sports Cars - International Sports Racing Series Le Mans 1998 (Photo Archive)
  3. ^ http://www.imsaracing.net/archives/2000nurburgring.pdf
  4. ^ Le Mans 24 Hours for PC Cheats - Le Mans 24 Hours Codes - Le Mans 24 Hours Cheat Codes, FAQs, Walk-Throughs, Hints

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