Lola sportscar makes British debut

Lola Cars International's dramatic new B2K/10 sportscar makes its British race debut this weekend (13 May) when the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) visits the UK. Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, hosts round three of...

Lola Cars International's dramatic new B2K/10 sportscar makes its British race debut this weekend (13 May) when the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) visits the UK.

Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, hosts round three of the ALMS championship and Lola tops the entry list, with Team Rafanelli's Olive Garden-backed B2K/10 carrying the rare number 0.

The SR1 racer - which finished third in the previous ALMS round held in Charlotte, USA, last month - has already made a huge impression in Europe, setting fourth fastest time during the recent practice weekend at Le Mans, prior to the famous 24-hour race.

With drivers Mimmo Schiattarella, of Italy, and Belgian Didier De Radigues fresh from their impressive performance at Le Mans a fortnight ago - where they were only out-paced by the three works Audis - hopes of success are high.

A similar B2K/10 also turned heads at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida, last weekend when the brand new Philip Creighton Motorsport-run car set the pace in the third round of the Grand American Road Racing Association Championship, eventually finishing fourth after an incident eight laps from the flag.

Lola's radical racer was launched earlier this year and immediately revolutionised the design of prototype sportscars. The new car - designed in Lola's state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility at its Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, base - sets new benchmarks for safety, stability and performance in endurance motorsport.

The B2K/10 is aerodynamically 33 per cent more efficient than its predecessor (the Lola B98/10); cooling airflow has been increased three fold, improving engine performance and reliability; and pitch stability is four times better.

Lola's Managing Director David Bowes says: "We are very much looking forward to seeing the B2K/10 compete in Britain. Team Rafanelli showed at Le Mans and Charlotte that the Lola can match manufacturer entries for speed and reliability. I'm sure they can do the same this weekend."

German team Kremer Racing, with drivers Christian Glasel and Christian Vann, will also race a Lola at Silverstone in the shape of last year's B98/10 model.

Practice and qualifying for the 500km, 98-lap race take place on Friday (May 12) with round three of the ALMS - the Silverstone 500 USA Challenge - scheduled to start at 6pm (BST) on Saturday (May 13).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Mimmo Schiattarella , Christian Glasel