A very positive shakedown test has boosted confidence in advance of the debut of Lola's new B2K/40 SR2 sportscar. The first machine, to be raced in the Grand American Road Racing Championship, successfully completed 150 laps of the Putnam Park...
A very positive shakedown test has boosted confidence in advance of the debut of Lola's new B2K/40 SR2 sportscar.
The first machine, to be raced in the Grand American Road Racing Championship, successfully completed 150 laps of the Putnam Park circuit, near Indianapolis, during a recent outing in the hands of Larry Schumacher and Martin Snow of Schumacher Racing.
The car makes its inaugural race appearance in the second round (of nine) of the Grand Am series this weekend (Saturday, April 22), in the Sun Automotive 200, at Phoenix International Raceway, Arizona, USA.
Lola's Managing Director David Bowes says: "The shakedown test was very successful. The car completed 150 laps with no major problems. Our engineers attended the test and were impressed with the driver feedback."
The SR2's fastest time of the day was 1min 5.2secs - a time equal to that set earlier this year by one of Lola's competitors in the new prototype SR1 sportscar category.
Both Schumacher and Snow said they were amazed with the high speed grip and braking ability of the B2K/40, something achieved due to the extensive development programme conducted in the Lola 50 per cent wind-tunnel. The whole team is now very much looking forward to putting the car's performance to the real test at Phoenix this weekend.
Qualifying at Phoenix takes place on Friday (April 21) afternoon, with the cars returning to the track early Friday evening for a final practice before Saturday's main event. The race, scheduled to last a maximum three hours, starts at 7.30pm local time (2.30am BST).
Another B2K/40 will have a taste of the Putnam Park track before the Phoenix race weekend, with the American-based TRP team testing its Lola there later this week.
Lola became the first manufacturer to see its SR2 pass the full set of crash and structural tests, set down by the sport's governing body, the FIA. It was also the first all-aluminium chassis to do so.