Silverstone: Tracsport preview

Tracsport Pushing For Podium At Silverstone Le Mans Endurance Series team, Tracsport head into round three of the championship at Silverstone next weekend partnered by new sponsors, No Fear and with their sights set firmly on the top step of...

Tracsport Pushing For Podium At Silverstone

Le Mans Endurance Series team, Tracsport head into round three of the championship at Silverstone next weekend partnered by new sponsors, No Fear and with their sights set firmly on the top step of the podium.

The Daventry-based outfit finished third in class on their debut at the Nurburgring last month with drivers John Ingram (London), John Gaw (Berkshire) and Rick Pearson (Kent). "Although we achieved our aim of a strong finish in Germany, I think the win at the Nurburgring was within our reach," Ingram comments.

"We showed everyone that we have what it takes to be a race-winning team and it was only because of a few minor issues that we weren't challenging for the victory. That's probably a lot more than the rest of the grid expected us to achieve this early in the team's development.

"Moving on from the Nurburgring, we're delighted to announce a new sponsorship package and a new partnership with the No Fear brand. It is now our aim to move one or two steps up the podium next weekend. The team all feel at home on the Silverstone track and we should find our feet more quickly than we did last time out. If things go to plan, there's no reason why we can't get ourselves higher up the starting grid in qualifying and then challenge for the class win on race day. "

The yellow Tracsport Lola will sport a striking new livery at Silverstone to mark the agreement with No Fear. In addition to the clothing brand's trademark black logo, the number 27 car will also feature Man Financial Group's distinctive 'M' symbol on the nose and rear wing.

Having finished third in class in Germany last time out, the Tracsport trio are on course for a trip to the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hour race next season. First though they intend to put on a good show for the Silverstone crowd. As former British Formula Three and Caterham racer, Ingram explains, the Northamptonshire venue is an ideal showcase for the new- for- 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series. "I'm really looking forward to round three. It is obviously the first time that the championship has been to the UK and it is wonderful to have the race at Silverstone, the home of British motor racing and the BRDC. The home crowd have traditionally been big fans of the Le Mans 24 Hours so the 1000 km race run by the same teams should receive similar support."

Clio expert Rick Pearson is also eager for a home crowd boost after racing in the European-based V6 Championship for three years. "Racing on the continent has been great fun and a real eye-opener," he said, "but it has meant I haven't had much of a chance to perform in front of a British audience. The Silverstone spectators are always vocal in their support so I'm looking forward to a great race and a real festival atmosphere.

"The Tracsport Lola B2K40 is beautifully prepared and if we get a fair amount of track time, I think the pace of the car will be a surprise to some. At the Nurburgring it was very much a case of running to the finish but in the upcoming events at Silverstone and Spa, I've no doubt we'll be fighting for podium placings."

Berkshire-based John Gaw finished fourth in April's Caterham R400 Challenge race at Silverstone. Despite a raft of newcomers to the Le Mans Endurance Series and a capacity LMP2 class, the former Caterham champion expects the Daventry-based Tracsport team to go one better in Saturday's 1000km, six-hour endurance spectacular.

"It's been a while since the Nurburgring but we've all had a chance to get to grips with the car so Silverstone should reflect our real race pace," he said.

"I'm looking forward to finding out our true position at a track we know well. We have new sponsors to entertain, a home crowd to perform for and we all want to go to Le Mans next year so expect some exciting racing and a good show from the Tracsport team!"

Tracsport are backed by No Fear, DMIPI, Man Financial Group and Carlube.

Round 3 of the Le Mans Endurance Series will begin at 2.00pm on Saturday 14 August with live coverage on Motors TV.

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