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Barcelona: Lola Cars race report

Lola win two podium results at Barcelona, Spain in FIA Sportscar Championship Bob Berridge's team take third position in SR1 category whilst SRTS finished third in SR2 class and ninth overall. Bob Berridge and Ian McKellar, both making ...

Lola win two podium results at Barcelona, Spain in FIA Sportscar Championship

Bob Berridge's team take third position in SR1 category whilst SRTS finished third in SR2 class and ninth overall.

Bob Berridge and Ian McKellar, both making their international sports car racing debut, finished third overall in the opening round of the FIA Sportscar Championship at Barcelona on Sunday afternoon, driving a Judd engined Lola B98/10.

They finished behind two all-French teams, the Pescarolo Sport Courage C60 and the Team Oreca Dallara, but Berridge was ecstatic at his podium result. "I said we would get to the podium, but I was just bragging" he said at the post-race conference. "We are not really a team at all, we are just amateurs doing our first race together, and we really enjoyed it."

There was just one minor setback in the whole weekend when Berridge headed for his pit, missed the slot and had to make another lap. "That was my mistake. The Lola was absolutely perfect from start to finish" said the new owner, who now has to lend the car back to the DAMS team for its appearance, filming during the 24-Hours of Le Mans.

The black Lola is no stranger to the podium, having won four sportscar championship races in 1999 in the hands of Jean-Marc Gounon, and clearly it had not forgotten how to get to the podium. Ian McKellar, drafted in at the last minute when co-driver Warren Hughes was called in to test his MG touring car, won the European Le Mans Series GTS class last year in an RML Saleen S7R, but this was his first appearance in an open sports car.

It was a tough initiation as he took the car on slick tyres on a drying, but still treacherous track, but he raced with the professionals and made no mistakes. "We would have been happy to finish fifth or sixth" said the 24-year-old, "but to finish third exceeded all our hopes."

The Sports Racing Team Sweden Lola Nissan B2K/40 finished third in the SR2 category and ninth overall in the hands of Mattias Andersson and Niklas Loven, again after a trouble-free race in very difficult conditions. "My drivers are new to the team, new to this circuit but they are learning well" said team principal Stanley Dickens. 

"Maybe they were not fast enough today, but we have another race next weekend at Estoril and I think they can do better. The Lola was good, so we look forward to the next event."

Results, FIA Sportscar Championship Round 1

1, Sebastian Bourdais/Jean-Christophe Boullion (Pescarolo Sport Courage Peugeot C60) 81 laps in 2hr 30m 05.567s (153.093 km/h)

2, Franck Montagny/Olivier Beretta (Team Oreca Dallara Judd) 80 laps

3, Bob Berridge/Ian McKellar (Berridge Motorsport Lola Judd B98/10) 78 laps

4, Jan Lammers/Val Hillebrand (Racing for Holland Dome Judd S-101) 78 laps

5, Didier Cottaz/Boris Derichebourg (Courage Competition C60JX Judd) 77 laps

6, Piergiuseppe Peroni/Mirko Savoldi (Lucchini Alfa Romeo SR2) 77 laps

7, Mirco Venturi/AlessandroBattaglin (GMS Durango Judd) 75 laps

8, Fabio Mancini/Gianni Collini (Lucchini Alfa Romeo SR2) 75 laps

9, Mattias Andersson/Niklas Loven (Sports Racing Team Sweden Lola Nissan B2K/40 SR2) 75 laps

10, Sam Hignett/John Stack (Team Jota Pilbeam Nissan MP84 SR2) 74 laps

Fastest lap: Montagny, Team Oreca Dallara Judd, 1:35.161 (178.863 km/h)

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Series GT
Drivers Jan Lammers , Franck Montagny , Jean-Christophe Boullion , Warren Hughes , Didier Cottaz , Boris Derichebourg , Val Hillebrand , Jean-Marc Gounon , Olivier Beretta , Bob Berridge , John Stack , Sam Hignett , Gianni Collini , Mattias Andersson , Fabio Mancini
Teams DAMS