Trouble Free Run at Monza

RML's sportscar team continued its Le Mans preparations with a successful outing in the opening round of the Le Mans Endurace Series yesterday at Monza. Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Miguel Ramos brought the Lola MG Prototype home in a credible 7th position having run the 5 hour 1000km race trouble free.

Tommy made a good start from 12th position on the grid and climbed through the pack to 9th on the first lap. Driving a superb race he continued to climb the leaderboard running in 4th place before his first pit stop.

Mike drove the second stint maintaining a consistent 8th position throughout. His time in the car was extended when he was able to pit for fresh tyres and fuel during a safety car period.

Miguel, who had not driven the car before Friday's free practice, lapped competitively throughout the third stint to maintain the teams overall position.

Tommy took over the car to finish the race and despite rain forcing him to pit for a late tyre change he managed to gain another place taking 7th position.

Ray Mallock commented: "The weekend was very encouraging for the team as all our recent development modifications proved successful. The drivers recorded very competitive lap times and we were also able to carry out some further development work with Dunlop".

Tommy Erdos commented: "After a few problems throughout free practice and qualifying the whole of race day proved very successful. We had very good fuel economy throughout the race which I believe will give us an advantage at Le Mans in June".

The team will continue its pre Le Mans preparations by carrying out further testing at Snetterton next week.

1.1 RML Background

RML's 4,300 square metre facility is based 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.