Frustrations for RML at Nurburgring The RML MG Lola EX264 today finished the Nurburgring 1000km in 4th position in class. Starting the third round of the Le Mans Series with the class pole the team were hopeful of a podium finish but were ...
Frustrations for RML at Nurburgring
The RML MG Lola EX264 today finished the Nurburgring 1000km in 4th position in class. Starting the third round of the Le Mans Series with the class pole the team were hopeful of a podium finish but were foiled in the closing stages of the race with a bizarre brake-pad failure.
Ray Mallock, RML Chief Executive, commented from the track: "Our car and driver combination clearly had the pace to win here today. We started the race from a strong position on the fourth row of the grid and both Mike (Newton) and Tommy (Erdos) drove superbly to lead the class after five hours. To have brake failure cost us the race is hugely frustrating."
Up until this point the MG had dominated the LMP2 category and looked set fair for a richly deserved victory. Tommy had established a healthy advantage during his first double-stint before losing ground as a result of an extended pitstop, on this occasion to remedy an alternator belt failure. He fought back to second place before the start of the third hour. Mike, driving the two middle stints of the race, maintained the car's excellent pace, and made up yet more ground before handing the MG back again, still lying second. Tommy eased through into the class lead once more and soon converted that into a comfortable lead. He continued to pull away cleanly, and as the race approached its final hour, was lying fourth overall and enjoying a margin of more than half a minute over the nearest rival. His pace was exemplary, but he'd no sooner set a fastest lap of the race than the front left brake-pad suddenly disintegrated.
Phil Barker, Team Manager, was understandably crestfallen: "From the position we were in when the brake-pad failure occurred we were comfortable with one stop to the flag. It was all on schedule for the win. I can hardly believe it."
The RML MG currently lies 2nd in the Le Mans Series standings in LMP2. The fourth round of the Le Mans Series takes place at Donington Park, England on 26/27th August 2006.