LNT – Too Much Of What They’d Hoped For - A Very Wet
Thursday Evening: With the development of the two Team
LNT TVR T400Rs not yet complete, the straight sixes are a little
down on power against the top line Porsches which provide the GT2
yardstick in the ALMS. No
matter, Thursday – qualifying day – would provide a
god given field leveller – rain! Team LNT was supremely confident
that a wet circuit would give them an ideal opportunity to offset
their current disadvantage with a combination of superior traction
and driver ability.
the gods overdid it. It simply poured down with rain – all
day. With a principally concrete surface, the track at Sebring floods
easily and with an unremitting torrent of rainwater there was no
time for the surface water to drain away.
water on much of the circuit the cancellation of qualifying was
a foregone conclusion, the grid being decided by previous practice
session times - which rather flattered the Porsche hordes, leaving
both of the team LNT cars outside the top 10 qualifiers in the hotly
contested GT2 class.
to prepare for on track, the team members busied themselves in the
paddock awning with pitstop and driver change practice – there
are vital seconds to be won and lost in the pits and practice, as
they say, makes perfect. A well drilled team can make up places
in the pits that would be harder to gain on track, with every second
counting, even in a 12 hour (or for that matter a 24 hour) race.
The rain eased off in time for the 90 minute night practice session
though, during which all competing drivers must complete three laps
at racing speed. #40 and #41 easily completed the task, getting
ever quicker as the track dried out towards the end of the session.
Both cars were
grazing the top ten in class and were still on track right at the
very end of the session – testing settings, components, tactics,
strategy. Jonny Kane (quizzical), Richard Dean (distracted) and
Warren Hughes (focused) below. In the second image, Lawrence Tomlinson,
Warren Hughes and Marc Hynes.
day at Sebring then, perhaps in particular for Team LNT - which
had much to gain from a rainy day, but ended up losing not only
the opportunity to shine in qualifying but also will now need to
run both cars in Friday’s free practice session to scrub in
race rubber - or maybe not.
hoping we could give everyone most of the day off in preparation
for race day, but I guess everyone is in the same boat,” said
forecast for both Friday and Saturday it will be hot work in Florida,
but the rewards on offer are clear – an opportunity to beat
the world’s best GT2 cars and drivers and the possibility
that a strong performance will catch the eyes that matter. Sebring
success is noticed worldwide – but perhaps particularly in