TWO FROM TWO AT SEBRING FOR DREWER. Tom Drewer has begun his campaign for the 2008 IMSA Lites L2 Championship in the best possible fashion after clinching race two at the first round held at the famous 56th Annual Mobil...
TWO FROM TWO AT SEBRING FOR DREWER.
Tom Drewer has begun his campaign for the 2008 IMSA Lites L2 Championship in the best possible fashion after clinching race two at the first round held at the famous 56th Annual Mobil Twelve Hours of Sebring.
It completes a perfect start to the season for Drewer who took out both races and set 2 new race lap records for the L2 class.
'Racing at the historic Sebring circuit has always been an ambition of mine. To come here for the first time and win both races in L2 is pretty special, especially as this is my first round in the IMSA Lites.
In some ways this race was all about managing my track position, unlike yesterday where I had to storm through the field. It was a little disappointing to not maintain my starting position of 10th on the grid but we always expected a couple of the faster L1 cars to be coming through after incidents in race 1.
The main thing was to push hard and do consistent lap times to keep the gap to the next L2 competitor. We did this well mid race where I put down some very consistent lap times, and even though the grip levels on the circuit were deteriorating we managed to get the fastest lap on lap 10 with a 2:09.325.
Collecting maximum points is a great start to the season because over 6 rounds and 12 races anything can happen and these points may come in handy later in the year.'
The race was won overall by Jonathan Goring in an L1 Elan DP02 and the L2 podium was completed by Alain Nadal, WEST WR1000, and Alex Gonzarlez, WEST WR1000.
Sebring is only Drewer's second race meeting with the new WEST WR1000 'Tunnel Floored' car.
'WEST, my PVM Team along with the other L2 competitors are still developing the best set-up for 'Tunnel' car on the IMSA spec Hankook tyres. It's going to be an interesting battle all year with the L1 cars. Even though we're not racing them for championship points we obviously want to win outright. I think with some more seat time and development we could be right up there.
I want to thank Eric Vassain and everyone at PVM Racing and from WEST Race Cars both in Australia and the USA for giving me this opportunity. Also I thank very much my father and manager Terry Little who have believed in me for so long'.
PVM Team owner Vassain said he was delighted with Drewer's performance.
'It's a big move to come over to the States and race and Tom has done himself and PVM proud at Sebring. He won the Championship for WEST down under in Australia last year and he has started in the USA in the best possible way. It's great having a little Aussie with us at PVM', Vassain said.