Intersport Testing At Road Atlanta
Road Atlanta, Georgia, USA – “It was a good day,” said Clint Field, from Road Atlanta, after Intersport Racing’s first day of testing on Tuesday (Feb 24). “Unexpectedly, it was dry, although tomorrow is expected to be heavy rain.”“We don’t have the Lola B2K / 40 here yet, so the drill was to get as much track time as possible in the Riley & Scott. We got a lot in for Bill Binnie, who will partner me in the Lola in LMP2 this season. He got his time down to competitive in a hurry,” said Clint. “It’s great to be back out there after a long winter.”

The other car at this test is Intersport’s Lola B160, of course. Jon Field put it through its first test of the season with immediate results. “Dad said the handling was 100% better than at the Bugatti circuit last fall, where the rear was loose,” according to Clint.

On only one set of tires all day, and most of the concentration on calibration of the new paddle shifter, Jon set a 1:14.2 just a few laps into the session. “With last year’s PLM qualifying time a 1:14.6, we have to be satisfied,” said Clint, “especially since the new (higher horsepower) motor won’t be in the car until the March 12-13 test at Sebring.”

The team plans to spend remaining testing time getting full tank and light tank runs, along with mileage runs. Of course rain will shift the focus to wet weather testing.

We have agreed to check in with Clint again on Thursday, at the end of the three day test.
Tom Kjos

(the image is Duncan Dayton, in testing on Wednesday before last year's Petit Le Mans - the first day's running for the Judd-powered Lola)


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