RML's sportscar team enjoyed a strong performance at Nuburgring, Germany on Saturday for the second 1000km race of the Le Mans Endurance Series. In appalling weather conditions Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Miguel Ramos achieved a creditable 7th...
RML's sportscar team enjoyed a strong performance at Nuburgring, Germany on Saturday for the second 1000km race of the Le Mans Endurance Series. In appalling weather conditions Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton and Miguel Ramos achieved a creditable 7th position with the MG Lola EX257.
Changeable weather conditions throughout Friday and Saturday's two qualifying sessions saw the No 7 MG secure 8th position on the grid. Tommy took the start of the 6 hour race and soon climbed up to 6th position. Running competitively the team were able to extend his stint longer than the leading LMP cars and optimised the first pit stop to change to intermediate tyres as rain began to fall heavily.
With other teams having to revise their tyre options Tommy took advantage of the added track time and climbed up to 2nd position. Running strongly and just 15 seconds behind the leader Tommy was unfortunate enough to receive a stop/go penalty when he failed to see a yellow flag in the driving rain and spray from the track. Dropping back down to 3rd he soon climbed back up to 2nd position and was closing on the leader when more bad luck forced him to pit with a rear wheel nut problem.
Utilising the stop effectively the team decided to change drivers and re-fuel whilst correcting the wheel nut problem and Mike took to the track. Rejoining in 7th position Mike ran strongly, only pitting to change to slicks as the track dried out but maintaining position before handing over to Miguel.
Miguel rejoined for the final stint of the race and with conditions continuing to change he also pitted for a tyre change. Back on track he managed to maintain 7th position throughout the closing stages of the race and ran to the flag with no problems.
Mike Newton commented "The MG ran well this weekend and is fantastic in the wet. Tommy had a stunning drive to run in 2nd position and we know a podium was within our reach had we not had the wheel nut problem".
The third round of the Le Mans Endurance Series takes place at Silverstone on August 14th.