Taurus Sports 2003 preview

British duo spearhead Taurus Sports Challenge. Norwich, UK, Friday 28th February 2003: Taurus Sports, the Norfolk-based racing team, today announced that British duo Justin Keen and Phil Andrews will spearhead its sportscar challenge at Sebring...

British duo spearhead Taurus Sports Challenge.

Norwich, UK, Friday 28th February 2003: Taurus Sports, the Norfolk-based racing team, today announced that British duo Justin Keen and Phil Andrews will spearhead its sportscar challenge at Sebring and Le Mans. Joining the highly talented British pair will be American sportscar stalwart, 41 year old Larry Oberto. The announcement that Keen, 27, and Andrews, 34, will race the Taurus Sports Judd powered Lola B2K/10B is a major coup for Team Proprietor and Race Director Ian Dawson.

Ian Dawson , Team Proprietor and Race Director, Taurus Sports:

"Justin, a former Formula Ford champion and a highly rated single seater driver, has massive potential. He is very quick and highly talented and we expected him to turn a few heads. Justin is a recognised driver with numerous opportunities open to him but he was impressed that we were offering more than just a sportscar programme. We established Taurus Sports with the aim to not only compete at the highest level in endurance racing but also to develop young talent on the track and through our human performance centre, where we aim to get the very best physical, nutritional and mental performance from our drivers."

"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 Judd powered Lola received its first shakedown at Snetterton today and posted 20 promising laps with each driver taking a turn at the wheel. "The Lola and Judd package is excellent. Today was all about familiarisation and we are very pleased with how well the session has gone" Ian concludes.

The 12 Hours of Sebring takes place at Sebring International Raceway from 13th--15th March. The race commences at 10:30am local time on Saturday 15th March.

Justin Keen: "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. 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 few weeks to make things happen so we all have an important job to do."

Phil Andrews: "I am absolutely delighted to have finalised a deal with Taurus Sports and am really looking forward 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 we have 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 cooperation in making this happen."

"The continued support of GKN and Conekt (TRW) has enabled us to put together this deal to race with Taurus Sports. Sebring will be interesting, with so many new combinations and I can't wait to get out there."

-ts-

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Phil Andrews , Justin Keen , Larry Oberto