Leading British racecar manufacturer Lola Cars International continued its global domination of SR2 category sportscar racing at the weekend by following up its class victory at the Le Mans 24-Hours with success in the latest round of the Grand...
Leading British racecar manufacturer Lola Cars International continued its global domination of SR2 category sportscar racing at the weekend by following up its class victory at the Le Mans 24-Hours with success in the latest round of the Grand American Road Racing Championship. With B2K/40 SR2 racers similar to the car that won the LMP675 class at the French classic last month, Lola recorded a 1-2 finish to take the honours in the Paul Revere 250 event held at Daytona International Speedway, Florida, USA, round six of the series. First over the line in the SR2 category, and an impressive sixth overall, was the Archangel Motorsports Lola - claiming its fifth successive win - driven by American aces Larry Omberto and Ryan Hampton. The pair did not have the 250-mile night endurance race all their own way, however.
After qualifying in pole position of the SR2 runners (ninth overall) the lead was lost during pit-stops but on the 48th lap of 70, the Nissan-powered car hit the front again by slicing past the Mazda Kudzu of Rich Grupp. The Archangel car was then put under pressure from the similar Snow/Schumacher Racing Lola B2K/40, driven by Martin Snow and Larry Schumacher (both US), but held on to take the victory by just over a second.
Hampton said: "We're still developing the car, and we were real excited because a few of the European factory efforts were coming here. We wanted to see how we would stand up to the yardstick of the European teams who have had their cars for a good year now and have done some development.
"Obviously, we're doing pretty good, and we're extremely happy with how the car's working. The car is actually very easy to set up. You take it out of the box and race it with a few changes."
The result further stamps Lola's authority on the SR2 category worldwide, proving the B2K/40 is a capable winner in sprint sportscar events as well as on tough endurance tests such as Le Mans where Canadian outfit Multimatic Motorsports took the Lola SR2 to class victory on the team's first appearance at the event.
The American Intersport Racing team finished a respectable fifth overall in the Ford-powered Lola B2K/10 SR1 sportscar in the Grand Am event. TRP Racing's American duo of Gary Tiller and John Macaluso brought their B2K/40 home fourth in the SR2 class and 16th overall.