The Intersport-run Lola B2K10 of Jon Field, Duncan Dayton and Rick Sutherland was the top non-manufacturer built finisher in last weekend's Sebring 12 Hour race, round two of this year's American Le Mans Series. The Judd powered Lola chassis...
The Intersport-run Lola B2K10 of Jon Field, Duncan Dayton and Rick Sutherland was the top non-manufacturer built finisher in last weekend's Sebring 12 Hour race, round two of this year's American Le Mans Series.
The Judd powered Lola chassis underlined its potential by setting the fifth fastest time during qualifying and took the battle to the four front-running Audi R8s throughout this year's staging of America's longest-running sportscar race.
Although finally unable to overcome the might of Audi's attack, the Intersport entered Lola outpaced the remainder of the high quality 38-car field to claim an impressive fifth place finish after completing 332 laps of the demanding 3.7-mile Florida circuit.
Having challenged the dominant Audis in the early exchanges, the Lola settled into a sensible pace, maintaining an advantage over the chasing pack that included top class entries from Panoz, Riley and Scott as well as Porsche, BMW and renowned Le Mans specialist Courage. Despite losing some time when replacing rear dampers and also as a result of a couple of stop-and-go penalties, the Lola maintained good speed and reliability throughout the gruelling 12 hour event to score a highly creditable result.
"We had our set back early enough to enable us to recover," commented Jon Field. "It feels strange to race that hard and only finish where we qualified, but it was worth it. The Lola, the Judd engine, and the team all worked together to win this! It feels like a win as we beat absolutely everyone without an Audi."
"We congratulate the Intersport team and its three drivers on their superb achievements," remarked David Bowes, Managing Director Lola Cars International. "Sebring is a tough race that puts the emphasis on endurance as well as speed and I'm delighted to see a Lola performing so strongly.
Lola was also represented on the Sebring grid by a Nissan-powered B2K40 chassis. The car, shared by Claudia Huertgen, Mel Hawkins and Steven Knight, set the pace in the LMP675 class qualifying in a fine 11th position overall but was forced out of the race with electrical problems after completing 105 laps.
Claudia Huertgen, who set a new qualifying lap record and a fastest race lap, was very enthusiastic about the car. "I can't wait to drive this car again as it is one of the best I have driven. It is such a shame that the engine overheated, as the chassis was very good and we certainly had the potential to score a good result."
The next round of the popular American Le Mans Series takes place at Sears Point on 22 July although in the meantime, many of the top entries will be competing in rounds of the sister European Le Mans Series as well as at Le Mans itself in mid-June.