Taurus Sports name drivers for Sebring
Lola B2K/10 tests at Snetterton
The new Taurus Sports team shook down their Lola B2K/10B at Snetterton today after announcing that Britons Phil Andrews and Justin Keen will be joined at Sebring by Seattle's Larry Oberto.The newly liveried LMP900 ran for the first time with a Judd V10 as all three drivers successfully completed twenty laps between them.
The team, who will also attack the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA Sportscar Championship this season used today's test to familiarise themselves with the B2K/10B that last raced in the hands of the Rafanelli team at Adelaide in 2000.
All three Taurus drivers have sportscar experience, although Justin Keen only recently made his debut in the discipline. "After my first endurance race at Daytona this January I am excited about returning to race in another of America's classic races, the prospect of driving the Lola Judd just makes it even better," said the former F3000 racer. "I am looking to learn about the car and work closely with Phil and Larry to get the best possible result. Ian Dawson has been working very hard over the past fewweeks to make things happen so we all have an important job to do."
Birmingham's Phil Andrews who has previously raced Lola F3000 cars was proud to continue his link with Lola Cars International. "I am absolutely delighted to have finalised a deal with Taurus Sports and am really looking forward to the first race at Sebring. Ian Dawson has put together a very strong team and with the help of Lola Cars, Dunlop Tyres and Judd engines wehave a great technical support package that I believe will tap into the true potential of the Lola B2K/10B chassis. I must say a big thank you to Lola for their co-operation in making this happen."
Larry Oberto who won both the 2000 Grand Am SR2 series and the 2001 FIA SR2 category has moved up a class to LMP900 and has also continued his strong link with Lola. The 41 year old American acclimatised himself well to his new environs andmanaged five laps, getting used to carbon brakes and the enhanced power for the first time.
Team patron Ian Dawson who runs the team in conjunction with his son Simon, who is an ex professional Tennis player, summed up the teams feeling of confidence leading up to their first event at Sebring." The Lola and Judd package is excellent. Today was all about familiarisation and we are very pleased with how well the session has gone,"said Dawson. "It's no secret that I have tried to encourage Phil to develop his career in sportscars. In my opinion he has the temperament and ability to become a very successful endurance driver and we are delighted he has taken the decision to join us. Our driver line-up for the two classic events combines the speed of the two single seater drivers with the experience of an accomplished sportscar racer.
The car will be shipped to Florida nextWednesday where it will join at least seven other Lola sportscars on the Sebring 12 hour grid.