Sports prototypes designed and built by Lola Cars International Ltd claimed significant international successes at Homestead, Miami on Saturday when a trio of B2K/40 recorded a clean-sweep of the SR2 podium places in the second round of this...
Sports prototypes designed and built by Lola Cars International Ltd claimed significant international successes at Homestead, Miami on Saturday when a trio of B2K/40 recorded a clean-sweep of the SR2 podium places in the second round of this year's popular Grand-Am series.
The three successful Nissan-powered Lola B2K/40s were involved in a titanic battle throughout the 250-mile race, and all three held the class lead during the race. However, after nearly two and a half hours of thrilling action, it was the Archangel Motorsport Services Lola of Nigel Greensail (UK) and Mike Durand (USA) that took the spoils, also finishing a fine seventh in the overall classification. Second place among the SR2 field was claimed by the Porsche Haus Racing entered Lola shared by Canadian drivers Bruno St Jacques and Robert Julien while the second Archangel entry of Andy Lally (USA) And Paul Macey (Can) claimed third place to complete a famous1-2-3 finish for Lola. The Lally/Macey had been on target for victory before being slowed towards the end of the race by a drive-train problem, handing the win to their team-mates.
There was more glory for Lola in the top SR1 class too where the Judd-engined B2K/10 of Jon Field (USA) and Oliver Gavin (GB) was among the leading contenders for the outright race victory at Homestead. Having qualified in third place, the Intersport Racing entry chased the leading Riley and Scott of Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver for all 104 laps. Despite suffering from a suspected case of influenza, Field started the race before handing over the helm to Gavin. The Englishman kept the Lola within striking distance of the more powerful R&S, closing to within a single second of the race leader at one stage, before finally settling for a safe second place just 5.8 seconds back at the chequered flag.
"We are delighted by the performance of our cars on both fronts," says David Bowes, Managing Director of Lola Cars International. "With its clean sweep of all three podium positions, the B2K/40 has once again proved itself to be the undoubted leader in the competitive SR2 class, while the B2K/10 has underlined its race-winning potential by competing both quickly and reliably at the sharp end of the SRP field. Our excellent showing in both classes at Homestead augers well for the races ahead."
The third round of this year's 10-race Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is scheduled for the Phoenix International Raceway on 21 April where the impressive Lolas will be targeting yet more glory in the Sun Automotive 200.
-Lola Cars International Ltd