Sebring: Harlow Motorsport preview

Harlow's all-British Squad heads for Sebring Harlow Motorsport has created a powerful all-British driver line-up for next weekend's Sebring 12 Hours endurance race with the signing of former F3 and Porsche Supercup star Johnny Mowlem. He joins...

Harlow's all-British Squad heads for Sebring

Harlow Motorsport has created a powerful all-British driver line-up for next weekend's Sebring 12 Hours endurance race with the signing of former F3 and Porsche Supercup star Johnny Mowlem. He joins Mike Youles, 2001 ELMS Champion, and World Superbike star Terry Rymer in what is, for the time being, a one-off deal.

Adam Simmons, team manager at Harlow, was delighted to have secured such a strong all-British driver line up. "Johnny knows the circuit at Sebring and will add valuable input to the team and the car. Mike's experience as an endurance racer together with Terry's known ability is the ideal line-up for our first race of the season".

The 12 Hours of Sebring is the opening round of the 2002 American Le Mans Series and sees Harlow's American debut. The British team enjoyed a successful first season in international competition in 2001, including victory at Vallelunga in the final round of the ELMS. Since then the team has joined forces with Ricardo Plc and completed an extensive programme of engine and chassis development. As a spokesperson for Ricardo Mike Youles was able to confirm that a second car is now nearing the final stages of completion. "Subject to the team gaining an entry for Le Mans, this is the car that will be used for the Le Mans test and the race," he said. "The guys at Ricardo are really dedicated to the project. In fact, three of them will be flying out to Sebring at their own expense to give their moral support. That kind of commitment is great for the drivers and creates a good feeling about the team."

Youles was confident that Mowlem's arrival had generated excellent prospects for the coming race. "Johnny's got a very strong pedigree and completes what is an exceptionally strong driver line-up." Completing the trio of drivers is former bike champion Terry Rymer, "I'm really looking forward to driving with Mike and Johnny, learning the track, and brushing away a few winter cobwebs," he said. "This is such big race for us and it's going to be tough. We're up against the best of the factory equipment and the world's top drivers, but it's going to be a great experience for the team - and certainly for myself." As well as driving for Harlow this season Rymer is also signed to drive for MAN in the European Truck Racing Championship. He makes his debut in the first round at Barcelona in May.

The squad has been completed by the signing of a third Briton, Johnny Mowlem. He returns to Sebring with mixed emotions following the tragic death of his team-mate Bob Wollek just before last year's race." It's going to be tough going back again," he conceded." Last year we were the fastest Porsche in final practice. I recall I did a 7.2, and the only car quicker was the BMW. I remember thinking that this was going to be great, and then Bob was killed."

Previously, in 2000, Mowlem finished second in class, eleventh overall, with Skea Racing International. He and co-drivers Sasha Maassen and David Murry subsequently went on to secure a class second at Le Mans, although Mowlem's most prominent claim to fame remains his unique clean-sweep of 17 successive victories in the 1997 Pirelli Porsche Cup. He was also the first British driver to complete a full season in Porsche Supercup.

Harlow Motorsport's Ricardo Porsche 911 GT3-RS flew out to the States on Saturday, and is followed today, Monday 11th March, by the team and drivers.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Mowlem , Bob Wollek , Mike Youles , Terry Rymer