Valencia: RML preview

RML Looks for Strong Performance in Valencia RML are anticipating a strong performance from both of their Saleen S7Rs in the FIA GT Championship at Valencia next weekend. The team is looking to put the frustrations of Monza firmly behind them...

RML Looks for Strong Performance in Valencia

RML are anticipating a strong performance from both of their Saleen S7Rs in the FIA GT Championship at Valencia next weekend. The team is looking to put the frustrations of Monza firmly behind them where, after a positive start, both cars suffered punctures.

The team is certainly no stranger to the Valencia circuit having spent two full days testing there in February with car No7 drivers, Brazilian Tommy Erdos and Briton Mike Newton. The circuit's tight corners and short straights seem to suit the Saleen and both drivers posted extremely encouraging lap times compared to the Lister and Lamborghini which were also in attendance.

Portuguese driver Miguel Ramos in the No8 car will also be returning to familiar ground. He competed on the Valencia circuit back in 2002 on his way to securing the Spanish GT Championship in a similar S7R, whilst for his co-driver, Chris Goodwin, it will be his first outing on the circuit since testing a McLaren F1 GTR in 2000.

Phil Barker, RML's Operations Director and Team Manager, is upbeat about the team's prospects in Spain: "We know the circuit reasonably well and believe it will suit our cars set up far better than Monza did. In Italy we focussed very much on reliability and getting both cars to the finish, in Spain we will be a little more adventurous".

RML Background

RML's operates out of a 4,300 square metre facility in Northamptonshire, England and includes full design, development, manufacturing and operational support for international race/rally programmes and automotive engineering projects.

The organisation has achieved championship success in a diverse range of motorsport categories including GT/sportscars, touring cars, rally cars, single seaters and oval speedway cars. In 2004 RML teams will compete in the FIA GT Championship, British Touring Car Championship, Le Mans Endurance Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Chris Goodwin , Mike Newton , Miguel Ramos