Latest Lola sportscar gains podium at Charlotte

The radical new SR1 sportscar of leading British race car manufacturer Lola proved its potential at the weekend with a podium finish in only its second outing. The Olive Garden-backed Team Rafanelli Lola B2K/10 finished third in the Grand Prix of...

The radical new SR1 sportscar of leading British race car manufacturer Lola proved its potential at the weekend with a podium finish in only its second outing. The Olive Garden-backed Team Rafanelli Lola B2K/10 finished third in the Grand Prix of Charlotte, Carolina, USA, round two of the 2000 American Le Mans.

Lola's car, in the hands of Italian Mimmo Schiatarella and Belgian Didier de Radigues, had already shown many of the manufacturer teams a clean pair of heels by qualifying third for Saturday's race, just three tenths of a second from pole position. It then proved it had the reliability to match its speed by not missing a beat during the endurance race at the Lowes Motor Speedway.

In the race, the team was only unhappy with the first set of tyres it used, which caused a few minor handling difficulties, but the problem disappeared with the second and third sets of tyres.

The B2K/10, launched in February, was heading for a second-place finish behind the BMW factory car of JJ Lehto and Jorg Muller, but a slight driver error four laps from the finish allowed the Panoz of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen to sneak ahead.

Lola's head of global sales and marketing Keith Wiggins says: "We are very happy that the car has shown this sort of very competitive speed and performance against the works teams so soon after its launch.

"We, and Team Rafanelli, are still very much in the early stages of developing the car's potential, in terms of set-up, but this result is very encouraging for the future performance of the B2K/10."

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Jorg Muller , JJ Lehto