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Passion for Le Mans Drives Drayson Racing LE MANS, FRANCE - For everyone at Drayson Racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is not only the most important race in the season, it epitomises the heart and soul of why the team goes racing. From the man ...

Passion for Le Mans Drives Drayson Racing

LE MANS, FRANCE - For everyone at Drayson Racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is not only the most important race in the season, it epitomises the heart and soul of why the team goes racing. From the man himself, Paul, Lord Drayson - driver/owner of the No. 11 Drayson Racing Lola Coupe with Judd Power - to his five-time Le Mans-winning co-driver Emanuele Pirro (Rome) and second time Le Mans starter co-driver Jonny Cocker (Guisborough, Yorks, UK), Drayson Racing is driven by a passion for success at the world's most famous sports car event; the 12-13 June 24 Heures du Mans in Le Mans, France.

Paul Drayson, a resident of London and Gloucestershire, UK, has had a passion for motor racing since growing up as a young boy near Brands Hatch race circuit in Kent. Drayson has surrounded himself with people of similar obsessions and the common goal to win. Team Manager Dale White (Bozeman, MT, USA) has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice (GT class; 2003, 2004) as manager of his own programmes whilst the remainder of the team is also made of past Le Mans-winners and participants. In particular, Pirro has made it to the Le Mans 24 hours podium an amazing, nine consecutive times, including five times as overall winner. A relentless desire to succeed at Le Mans is the tie for the team which made its Le Mans debut in the LM GT2 class last June completing 22 hours before an alternator failure ended the team's efforts.

Now competing as one of the top privateers in the manufacturer-laden Le Mans Prototype One (LM P1) category, Drayson Racing has impressed with its outright pace earning the pole position at Okayama, Japan in just its third race in LM P1. Fastest race laps, a Michelin® Green X® Challenge title, laps led and splitting the two favoured Peugeot "works" entries at Sebring highlight their early results.

The British racing green car, adorned proudly with the Union Jack on the engine cover, will go through scrutineering by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) in the Le Mans City Centre at 10:50 local time, Monday, 7 June. The Michelin tyre-shod closed-cockpit racer will turn its first laps on the full Circuit des "24 Heures" with free practice on Wednesday, 9 June and practice/qualifying the following day. The race itself will begin slightly after 15:00 on Saturday, 12 June and coming to a conclusion 24 passionate hours later.

Live timing and scoring of all sessions can be found at www.lemans.org. The live radio call by Radio Le Mans can be heard at www.radiolemans.com. Check local listings for national television broadcast schedules.

Quotes

Paul Drayson - Owner/Driver: "Racing a British racing car in the top prototype class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the greatest possible challenge and thrill for me. It is what I have worked for all these years and I know that it will live up to its reputation as the world's best motor race."

Jonny Cocker - Driver: "Last year was my first Le Mans 24 as a driver and I have to say it was one of the most incredible weeks of my life, and something that I will never forget! Going back this year in the Drayson Racing LMP1 Lola, with a fantastic engine and tyre package courtesy of Judd and Michelin is something that any driver would get excited about. Thanks to Drayson Racing for giving me these fantastic opportunities! I truly believe that we have a fantastic package and have a team capable of a very strong finish. Everyone has put their all into the preparation for Le Mans and I feel confident that as a team we have done all that we can to give ourselves the best chance of a strong result! I feel more prepared this year mentally and I think that is very important when entering a 24 hour event."

Emanuele Pirro - Driver: "Driving for Drayson Racing will make my week quite different from what I was used to with Audi. I can drive a little more conservative because we don't have a garage full of spare parts and people ready to fix them. We are a relative small team made of highly qualified and motivated people for whom I would like to do well. I have always said there are lots of occasions where you can lose this race and, if you are lucky, only one to win it. In other words the whole race, actually the whole week, is full of threats and traps."

Dale White - Team Manager: "My career has always pointed me towards Le Mans. Even when I was racing and winning in desert racing, I knew Le Mans is where I wanted to be. When I came and won the GT class in my first year [2003] it was a dream come true. To repeat the following season and to podium again in '05 just made me want it more. Now, to come here with the prototype, racing for an overall victory, is more than I could have ever hoped for. It's a pleasure to live our dreams and to do it with a great group and for people like Paul and Elspeth whose passion for this event runs as deep as mine."

-source: drayson racing

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Paul Drayson , Jonny Cocker , Emanuele Pirro