LOLAS STAR AT ROAD AMERICA
Drayson Racing are celebrating their first ever ALMS victory after a sensational win at Road America in Wisconsin last night. The British team scored the first win for a cellulosic E85 bio-ethanol fuelled car and claimed maximum points in the seventh round of the 2010 American Le Mans series.
Jonny Cocker took the lead at Turn 13, the penultimate corner, on the final lap to win by just over a second from the Cytosport Porsche LMP, driven by Klaus Graf. Earlier Paul Drayson had driven a solid stint to set the foundations for the famous victory.
Drayson Racing had also taken pole position, fastest race lap and the Michelin Green X Challenge for the most efficient entry during the race. The race also saw the second consecutive race win for Lola in the series after Dyson Racing’s triumph at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago.
Cocker, who had lead deep into the race before making a late fuel stop, was delighted with the victory and his last gasp manoeuvre, saying; "The last few laps of the race were just as exciting in the car as I am sure they were from the outside. An incredible feeling to be lucky enough to have a car underneath me that was capable of winning the race. When I saw Klaus [Graf] in the distance on the last lap I never expected to be able to catch up fast enough. He was unlucky with a bit of traffic and I was pushing absolutely flat out. I managed to make a move into Turn 13."
For Paul Drayson; "It was the realisation of a dream after being so close to a maiden in earlier races. “Everyone in Drayson Racing performed brilliantly today and I am so proud of the team we have created. Winning both the overall first place and the Michelin Green X Challenge vindicates everything we believe in. Today we showed you can be the fastest and the greenest. A great day!"
Lola Executive Chairman, Martin Birrane also paid tribute to the winning Lola teams, saying: “The last two races have shown the true quality of the Lola prototype product. Both Dyson Racing and Drayson Racing achieved excellent results and I would like to congratulate both for richly merited successes.”
Dyson Racing took the chequered flag in 4th place after another highly competitive race. The winners of the previous round led for a sizeable portion of the race but, like most of their challengers, had to watch the fuel readings as the race drew to a conclusion.
Autocon Motorsport enjoyed their most competitive weekend of the season as they sensationally led for most of the first hour. British racer Johnny Mowlem took the lead from 4th position at the start and led commandingly until forced to pit with a problem. The car was eventually retired but Mowlem had made a huge impact with the Lola-AER LMP and will be relishing the challenge of Mosport Park this coming weekend.
Intersport Racing had a difficult weekend with little running in the Free Practice and Qualifying sessions. Their race lasted just 6 laps before an engine related problem stopped Jon Field on the circuit.
The 8th race in the 9 race American Le Mans Series takes place at Mosport Park in Ontario this weekend.
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A great victory for Drayson Racing.
Lolas 1-2-3 at the start.
The Cytosport Lola leads the Dyson Lola.
4th For Dyson Racing.
Paul Drayson congratulates Jonny Cocker.
Jonny Cocker and Paul Drayson show off their trophies.