DYSON TAKE POLE AND FASTEST LAP IN CALIFORNIA
Lola sports cars once again showed scintillating pace at the third round of the American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca over the weekend. Dyson Racing scored a conclusive pole position and set the fastest race lap on the way to finishing in 3rd place in the LMP category. Guy Smith had set a blistering pace in the qualifying session to take Dyson’s first pole position of the year in the Lola Mazda LMP coupe.
Chris Dyson ran strongly in the top three before handing over to Andy Meyrick. The young Welshman drove strongly during his initial double stint. Time lost replacing the front bodywork and attending to other issues meant that a shot at victory was lost for the Poughkeepsie based team who, in terms of pace, were the class of the field all weekend.
Intersport Racing led their second consecutive race with Clint Field showing a brilliant turn of speed to emulate his fathers early race heroics at Long Beach. Sadly an engine problem stopped the team in its tracks meaning the they will now focus on the Salt Lake City ALMS race on July 11.
Drayson Racing continued their fine form early in the race with team owner Paul Drayson completing an excellent double stint before handing over to team mate Jonny Cocker, who was forced to retire with a gearbox problem.
The Drayson Racing Lola Judd was immediately packed up to be flown over to the UK to ensure that there is adequate preparation for next months Le Mans 24 Hours, where the team have high hopes to be the first petrol powered LMP home in the 78th running of the great race.
Like Drayson Racing, Autocon Motorsports will be at Le Mans in a few weeks time and the AER powered Lola B06/10 ran well until mechanical problems curtailed their race. Team principal Michael Lewis will join regular drivers Bryan Willman and Tony Burgess in the cockpit in France next month.
All pictures courtesy of americanlemans.com
Dyson Racing were on the pace all weekend.
Intersport Racing led the race until engine problems intervened.
The Drayson Racing Lola continued to impress.
The Autocon Lola was unlucky to suffer mechanical woes.