Horag-Lista Racing Wins at the Nurburgring
NURBURGRING, Germany, Sept. 4 - Horag-Lista Racing's Lista-sponsored Lola B05/40 Judd No. 27 earned its first LMP2 class triumph in only its third Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) race ever when Didier Theys and Eric van de Poele took the checkered at the famous Nurburgring here today.
Theys, a native of Belgium and a resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., and van de Poele, also a native of Belgium, finished seventh overall and won their class handily. van de Poele was a late substitute for driver/car owner Fredy Lienhard of Niederteufen, Switzerland, who was suffering from unexpected back problems.
Theys qualified third in the very competitive class of 12. He and van de Poele each did a triple stint in the six-hour race. Theys said the team's car preparation, pit stops and strategy, combined with the Lola Judd's excellent fuel mileage and Michelin tires, were the keys to the impressive victory.
"It was a big fight in all the classes," Theys said afterwards. "It was a 1,000 kilometer or six-hour race, and we ended up doing the six hours so it was quite long. We went back and forth in the lead with the Belmondo Racing team, and we were always about 10 seconds apart. Then near the end they had to make one more pit stop than we did and they had suspension problems too, so we ended up winning by 10 laps.
"It was great to be on the podium, especially since this is only our third race and we only put the team together a few months ago," he added. "We had great weather, which is unusual for the Nurburgring, and it was a great weekend."
The Belmondo team's Paul Belmondo, Didier Andre and Yann Clairay finished second in a Courage while the class pole-winning RML team of Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos was third in another Lola. The latter team was third when it made its final pit stop but it reportedly lost time when it had trouble refiring its engine after that stop.
The Horag-Lista team had no such problems and with the victory it is especially looking forward to the LMES series' next race, the season finale in Istanb ul, Turkey Nov. 12-13. Before that the team plans to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)'s second-biggest race of the year, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Motorsports Park in Braselton, Ga. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
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