Monza: RML preview

Le Mans Class Winners Prepare for Monza A victorious RML team returned from Le Mans last week and immediately began preparations for the second round of the Le Mans Endurance Series at Monza, Italy. The class winning MG Lola EX264 has ...

Le Mans Class Winners Prepare for Monza

A victorious RML team returned from Le Mans last week and immediately began preparations for the second round of the Le Mans Endurance Series at Monza, Italy. The class winning MG Lola EX264 has undergone a complete rebuild and will attend a shakedown at a UK circuit before its departure on Monday.

The 24 Heures du Mans provided the team with not only the MG's first class win but also an opportunity to learn a lot about the car. The competitive pace of the car never faltered and ensured that despite a number of problems forcing them into the pits all three drivers quickly recovered lost ground and remained in the running to the flag.

Since returning to the UK the team have capitalised on what they learnt at Le Mans. Phil Barker, RML's Operations Director and Team Manager commented "We've looked at various elements on the car this week and the work we have carried out will hopefully ensure there are no reoccurrences of the glitches we had at Le Mans. Monza is a very quick circuit and we have a competitive car that should suit it well. We are hoping for a clean race and are looking forward to renewing our LMES campaign."

The MG will be driven by its regular pairing of Tommy Erdos and Mike Newton, who are equally enthusiastic about the next round. "I think it is fair to say that the mood in the "camp" is very positive after Le Mans" Tommy commented earlier this week. "We clearly have a package that is very competitive in LMP2 and Spa showed that we were on our way to the podium, had it not been for the electrical problems we had there." The MG was running 4th overall in the first round of the championship in April before a master switch relay problem bought them to the pits. An overall 4th in class was secured at the flag.

"Our focus is to finish the race on the podium and score valuable points for the Championship." Tommy continued. "We cannot afford a non-scoring result with so few races in the Series. So, of course, we have the tools to go for the win but we also need to keep our focus on securing the all important Championship points. It is a great feeling to travel to Monza as Le Mans winners and I hope the whole team enjoys this feeling. Everyone deserves that for their fantastic effort in France a couple of weeks ago!"

With a full grid of 50 cars confirmed for the second round the competition has also increased in the LMP2 category with the arrival of the Didier Theys/Fredy Leinhard Lola/Judd and a second Paul Belmondo Courage. The race takes place at Monza, Italy on 10th July.

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Didier Theys , Paul Belmondo