The last twelve days have been busy to say the least for Drayson Racing, in the previous two weeks leading up to yesterday the team have turned a bare carbon fibre tub into a fully functional Lola B09.60 Coupe, powered by Judd’s GV5 V10.
Yesterday the team ran the car for a remarkable four trouble-free hours at the Stowe Course, Silverstone.
With the goal of the 12th Annual Petit Le Mans in site the team will now focus their time on preparation for the 1,000 mile / 10 hour race.
Team Owner Paul Drayson was pleased with the day saying “The last twenty-four hours have shown that Drayson Racing has the makings of a great team. The shakedown yesterday went brilliantly and today’s very successful practice shows that the Team has maintained its focus on maximising our performance in the Le Mans Series finale while acquiring and building a brand new LMP1 car in record time. I have been very impressed by the hard work and professionalism of the whole Team and would like to thank everyone at Lola and Judd for their responsiveness and can-do attitude. I am delighted with our new race car.”
Team manager Dale White was also a delighted man as he talked about the teams achievements, “I can’t exaggerate the challenge that Drayson Racing has overcome in the last two months. To bring it all together by building a complete, running car from bare tub to finished car in just 12 days is really remarkable. I am convinced there is no other combination that would have allowed us to do this other than the Lola Coupe and Judd V10. When we rolled it out of the trailer at Silverstone to do the shakedown, the car looked as if we could roll it right onto the grid at Petit Le Mans. I don’t think anyone outside our group would have thought he could have done it. My hat is off to everyone at Drayson and to everyone at Lola and Judd, as well as all of the ancillary part suppliers who made this happen. What an achievement; what a team effort!”
The 12th Annual Petit Le Mans takes place 23-26 September at Road Atlanta, America.