Dyson Racing Tests At Lime Rock
And we thought this one was a secret. With one car in the UK for
repairs, it was a single car test at Lime Rock last week for the
reigning 675 Champions – with Chris Dyson, Andy Wallace and
Rob Dyson ‘in the chair’.
Despite some bad weather
(heavy rain), the team came away very happy with progress made.
“From the standpoint
of getting through our test program, this was the most efficient
test we’ve had this year,” said Chris Dyson. “We
had a limited amount of time on the track, but we got everything
on the list done, and in just 160 miles.
“Our work at Lime
Rock confirmed that our basic set-up is pretty much transportable.
I’m quite encouraged by our pace at Lime Rock. We’ve
made good progress with our engine management so we have a bit more
power and better throttle response. And Goodyear continues to make
progress with the tires. Of course Lime Rock is a track that suits
our car – except for the chicane it’s all fast turns.
The car is just unbelievable through West Bend and the Downhill.”
“Rob Dyson was
flat out down No Name Straight on his first lap,” said Andy
Wallace. “It was impressive because he hasn’t driven
much at all in the last year.”
“The track is short,
but complex,” said the elder Dyson. “It’s very
fast, narrow and bumpy. Chassis set-up is very important, and so
is the ability to get through traffic. I think that’s where
our team’s experience here helps. James (Weaver) and Butch
(Leitzinger) won the last four prototype sportscar races there,
from 1998 through 2001. We’ve never raced the Lola there,
but I think that our test here will help us win a fifth.”
Lime Rock Park follows
straight after Mid-Ohio, as the ALMS resumes in late June.