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THE LOLA T490

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Sports 2000 was introduced in 1977 as a relatively inexpensive way for drivers to compete in sports car racing, a sports car version of Formula Ford. With their success in 2-litre racing it was not surprising that Lola were very interested in producing a chassis for this potentially exciting new formula and their design, the T490, would prove to be even more successful than they could have dreamt of.

The T490 comprised a straightforward monocoque with a forward braced roll hoop giving additional stiffness and a front-mounted water radiator. Suspension was conventional Lola, at the front outboard spring/dampers with upper and lower wishbones. At the rear the spring/dampers were again outboard with a top link, reversed lower wishbone and twin radius rods and inboard brakes. The engine was the 2-litre 4-cylinder Ford Pinto engine although the official Ford designation was the TL20. Power was 126-128 bhp transmitted to the road via a Hewland Mk9 gearbox.

The first season of Sports 2000 saw a 20-round Championship with sponsorship from SodaStream and the T490 hit the ground running when Divina Galica won the opening round at Oulton Park and that was the start of almost total domination from Lola. Of the twenty rounds the T490 won nineteen with Galica wining ten, John Cooper five and Chris Alford, John Brown, Rad Dougall and Derek Daly taking one each. The inaugural Championship went to Cooper through greater consistency than Galica but arguably the real winner was Lola as sales of their 1978 model, the T492 went through the roof following this success.

Year(s) of Construction: 1977

Total Built: 10
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T490 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1977 SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship John Cooper Lola T490-Ford
1986 British Columbia Region CASC Sports Racing Championships Vic Nightscales Lola T490-Ford
1987 British Columbia Region CASC Sports Racing Championships Vic Nightscales Lola T490-Ford
1988 British Columbia Region CASC Sports Racing Championships Vic Nightscales Lola T490-Ford
1990 International Conference of Sports Car Clubs - C Sports Racing Champion Vic Nightscales Lola T490-Ford

T490 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1977

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
8th April Oulton Park - Gold Cup Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 1 - Lola wins first ever Sports 2000 race
11th April Silverstone - BRDC Easter Bank Holiday Meeting John Brown SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 2
24th April Brands Hatch- BRSCC John Cooper SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 3
1st May Silverstone - BARC Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 4
8th May Brands Hatch - BRSCC Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 5
22nd May Mallory Park - ShellSport International Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 6
5th June Brands Hatch - Capital Radio Jubilee Raceday Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 7
6th June Thruxton - Spring Bank Holiday ShellSport International Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 8
19th June Brands Hatch - Rochester Motor Club Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 9
3rd July Silverstone - BRSCC Midland Centre Chris Alford SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 10
9th July Oulton Park - BRSCC NW Centre Rad Dougall SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 11
31st July Donington Park - BARC John Cooper SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 12
7th August Snetterton - BARC Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 13
29th August Brands Hatch - BRSCC Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 14
4th September Silverstone - BARC John Cooper SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 15
11th September Thruxton - BARC Radio 210 Raceday John Cooper SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 16
24th September Oulton Park - BARC NW Derek Daly SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 18
16th October Donington Park - BARC John Cooper SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 19
23rd October Snetterton - BARC Divina Galica SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 20

1978

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
1st May Mallory Park - BRSCC (MC) John Trevelyan SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 6
7th May Donington Park - BRDC John Trevelyan SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 7
29th May Oulton Park - BRSCC (NW) John Trevelyan SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 8
11th June Brands Hatch - BARC Chris Alford SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 9
1st July Castle Combe - BRSCC (SW) John Trevelyan SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 11
9th July Snetterton - BARC Sports Car Festival John Trevelyan Eastern Electricity/SodaStream Sports 2000 Championship - Round 12
22nd October Mondello Park - IMRC John Sheldon Motoradio 4000 Sports 2000 race

1978

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
12th August Regis Sprint - Goodwood Dennis Downey Sprint event - Class Winner
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