Team RLR has announced that they will enter the 2010 Le Mans Series at the start of a multi year commitment to top class sportscar racing.
The team is targeting the hugely competitive LMP2 class with a proven package already confirmed for their inaugural season:
"We have the car, engine and tyre choices already in place with our first driver confirmed. A large proportion of our full season budget is already in place and we are now fielding calls from a number of interested parties with budget in place to complete the package," said a team spokesman.
The team will be using a Lola chassis, AER engine and Dunlop tyres in 2010 and is fixing its aim in the long term on providing a route into international endurance racing for drivers and personnel moving onwards and upwards from a variety of other national and regional formulae including Caterham, Elise and Radical one make racing and the increasingly popular Speed CN cars.
Congratulations to the Anthony Dunn, Barry Gates and all the RLR Msport team for winning the European SPEED Series Championship.
The team also secured 2nd position in the UK SPEED Series Championship.
Barry Gates podium finish secured him the highest scoring non-professional driver award which gave him a test in an LMP2 car!
We continued our good form in the very competitive SPEED series by taking our first victory at Spa with Barry Gates & Anthony Dunn driving.
Barry did a fantastic job in qualifying to put the Ligier in 3rd place - ahead of many professional drivers.
Anthony took the start and dived inside Simon Dolan to take the lead and didn't look back. Managing his tyres well, he pulled out a gap, gradually at first and then by big chunks once the field started going through backmarkers.
By the end of his 1 hour 45 min stint, he had pulled over a 50 second gap to our nearest challenger - Richard Bernans Juno. A quick pitstop gave us an extended lead of over a minute as Barry took the reigns.
Barry drove a consistent stint - showing his growing driving maturity.
Having taken over from Bernans, Rob Garofall initially fought into Barry's lead, but Barry had things in hand & produced times that were good enough to stem the tide despite still suffering from a shoulder problem due to a skiing accident over winter.
Garofall unexpectedly ran out of fuel & spluttered into the pitlane, giving us an even healthier lead and we eventually finished nearly 1 lap ahead - to take a long overdue win.
Phil Bennett & Rachid Bouzouba again performed well in our 2nd Ligier, despite limited testing with the car. Phil lined up 5th on the grid and Rachid took the opening stint, doing an outstanding job by running in 4th position at a track he'd never been to before. However, an engine glitch caused him to lose some laps in the pitlane.
Despite this they fought their way back up through the field. Phil once again showed his calibre, setting the pace in the race for much of his stint and climbing back up the order to finally finish in 8th place.
At Maxton we have been involved with car racing from our beginning. Ron was originally a chassis designer at Chevron Race cars in the 1960's. Since 1980's we have been supplying Maxton dampers for various race cars from vintage Chevrons, Single seater Race cars, TVR Tuscans and Lexus Touring cars.
We are pleased to announce that Maxton will be supplying GP7 shock absorbers to RLR Msport Team for both its Ligier JS49. After a successful testing programme the team are looking forward to the trying to win there first championship in 2009. They are contesting the very competitive Sports Prototype Endurance Event Driving (SPEED) series. Driving for them will be Anthony Dunn and Barry Gates.
For more information on the SPEED series click on the following link www.msvracing.co.uk/speed.aspx
|Maxton have just returned from a successful test in Spain at Cartagena.
We have been testing the new GP10 rear shock absorbers and GP30 fork internals.
Riders testing the new suspension were: