LAGUNA SECA ALMS PREVIEW
The third round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series takes place this weekend at Laguna Seca. Four Lola LMP cars are entered for the six-hour mini-enduro at the scenic Californian circuit. Drayson Racing will welcome back Emanuele Pirro to the team for the Laguna Seca race with the Italian rejoining Jonny Cocker and Paul Drayson in the Judd powered Lola B10/60.
The team will have an intense three weeks as they have to prepare for their car to be flown to Le Mans for the 24 Hours. Pirro, however, is very much focused on Laguna this weekend and cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the Drayson Racing Lola-Judd once again.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at Laguna Seca in the Lola because obviously Sebring was very enjoyable for me," said the five time Le Mans winner. “I believe that the car will be as fast as it was in Sebring, so we can get at least a podium finish but then the race is long and we have to make sure that we are consistent all race.”
Dyson Racing has been hard at work since the Long Beach event last month honing their Lola-Mazda package for this Saturday’s race. Andy Meyrick, who will undertake his second race for the team after he debuted at the Sebring 12 Hours in March, will join Guy Smith and Chris Dyson in California.
Guy Smith has always gone well at Laguna Seca and believes that this weekend will see Dyson Racing at the very front of the field.
“It’s mentally a very demanding circuit and we actually did last year’s 4 hour race with three drivers. Initially we thought three drivers might be too much but actually it turned out to be perfect in terms of organising the stints. We went very well there last year and we were very fast last year and battled with the P1 cars, so I think that we have definitely got a shot this year.”
Intersport Racing arrive in California after an action-packed start to the season which has seen the Ohio-based team fight back from a serious accident during Sebring week. Jon Field shone in the AER powered Lola B06/10 at Long Beach, leading the race in the early stages. Joining Jon and his son Clint in the team will be Nikolas Konstant, who will be racing at his home track this weekend.
Autocon will have the same fraught turn around after Laguna Seca as Drayson Racing, because the Michael Lewis led team will be making their second appearance at Le Mans next month.
Lewis is now behind the pit wall managing the driving trio of Bryan Willman, Pierre Ehret and Tony Burgess and aiming to consolidate upon a fine 5th place in LMP at Long Beach in April.