Pearce gets first taste of TVR racer
British sportscar star Patrick Pearce sampled the TVR he will race in international competition this season for the first time on Thursday (10th February).
In fairly dank conditions at Donington Park in Leicestershire, the 23-year-old from Stratford-upon-Avon took part in the initial shakedown tests of LNT Racing's new TVR T400 GT2 machine. Pearce will contest the Sebring 12 Hour race, the British GT Championship, the Le Mans Endurance Series and the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours itself with the team in 2005, his second full season of international sportscar racing.
"It was very much a shakedown run because the car was literally only just finished," said Pearce. "It wasn't a very nice day either, conditions were pretty wet.
"But it all went very well and we only had a few small teething troubles."
Pearce was joined at the test by his 2005 team-mates Jonny Kane -- the 1997 British Formula Three champion -- and Warren Hughes, both highly-rated sportscar racers. Although LNT Racing is a brand new operation, it is made up of experienced and well regarded personnel, led by renowned engineer Alan Mugglestone, who was instrumental in bringing Pearce into the line-up.
"There are some very good people in the team and everyone is already working well together," said Pearce. "It was just good to get in the car today and get a rough idea about it.
"The car felt like it had fairly similar characteristics to the Lister Storm I drove in the first part of last year, but it was hard to say given the conditions."
The team plans to continue its programme at Donington Park and Thruxton next week. Some testing on European tracks is also on the cards as LNT seeks mileage in warmer climates prior to its race debut at the Sebring 12 Hour race in Florida in March.