Sebring: Taurus Sports preview

Taurus Sports... ready for the off! Sebring International Raceway, USA, Wednesday 12th March 2003: When the Judd-powered Lola LMP 900 of British team Taurus Sports lines--up on Saturday for the 51st Annual 12 Hours of Sebring, Team Proprietor...

Taurus Sports... ready for the off!

Sebring International Raceway, USA, Wednesday 12th March 2003: When the Judd-powered Lola LMP 900 of British team Taurus Sports lines--up on Saturday for the 51st Annual 12 Hours of Sebring, Team Proprietor and Race Director, Ian Dawson, whose sportscar career spans more than 30 years, will be celebrating his 10th Sebring endurance classic at the helm of his own creation, Taurus Sports, as it embarks on its debut race.

The Lola Judd B2K/10b in the hands of experienced American sportscar racer Larry Oberto and the English duo of Justin Keen and Phil Andrews promises much and the team, backed by a factory supported tyre deal from Dunlop, will be looking to consolidate a top ten place in this very competitive 62 car race.

There is considerable interest in the performance of Justin Keen, the quick and highly rated 27 year old single seater driver. It is anticipated that Keen will spearhead Taurus Sports' qualifying effort at Sebring, providing an opportunity for him to demonstrate his talent in the presence of many of the world's top sportscar drivers.

From its impressive UK facilities, situated on the outskirts of Norwich, that combine race preparation workshops with a fully equipped human performance centre, Taurus Sports will race prepare its Lola to compete in a 9 race programme that incorporates the FIA Sportscar Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ian Dawson, Team Proprietor and Race Director:

"We have worked very hard to be in a position to start our 2003 programme at Sebring. Although our preparation time has been hurried with less track testing than is ideal, it is important to demonstrate our commitment to international sportscar racing by competing here in Florida. Sebring is very special with its history, top class racing and unique atmosphere. I am very proud to be returning to this historic event with my own racing team and am very excited by our future prospects although wary that in my previous nine visits to Sebring I have left with mixed fortunes. The closest I came to winning was in 1983 when our car, a GRID, was leading only to suffer an upright failure with one and a half hours remaining."

"Our expectations this weekend are realistic; firstly to finish this gruelling event and secondly to secure a top eight finish for everyone associated with Taurus Sports. They have worked tirelessly to make this happen and we are truly grateful for their efforts. Sebring always provides a tough examination of a teams performance and we shall use this to our advantage as the season develops. We also hope that our decision to compete at Sebring strengthens our chances of securing a Le Mans entry."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Phil Andrews , Justin Keen , Larry Oberto