Liddell – LMP2 Win At The First Attempt
We have usually associated his name with Porsches – and he’ll
be driving a Porsche this weekend at the Nurburgring – but
first time out in a prototype, in Round 2 of the ALMS, at Mid-Ohio,
resulted in a maiden victory for Robin Liddell, driving the Intersport
Lola B2K / 40 Judd.
didn’t even go to Mid-Ohio with the intention of driving,”
said the Scot this morning, fresh off a flight from Cleveland.
“I have to thank Peter Tyson and Jack Gerken at Pirelli Tyres,
and especially Jon and Clint Field at Intersport for the opportunity.
With the ALMS not racing at Mid-Ohio last year, I didn’t know
the circuit or the car. My job was simply to get up to speed as
soon as possible, but as it turned out we were second quickest in
both practice sessions on Saturday. Clint would qualify the car
and he put in a super lap to line up at the front of the class.
started the race, and he pulled out a good lead over the first hour,
but when I jumped in during the full course caution, I found that
the radio and lap timer wasn’t working. Then it crackled into
life again, and with the news that we had a lead of several laps,
I backed off and started lapping at a steady pace.
“I was getting some rubber pickup on the tyres though, so
I decided to crack in one quick lap before the end of that stint,
just to see if the grip level was still there, and to show what
the car could do. As it turned out that was good enough for fastest
“Clint finished the race, taking the chequered flag for his
second win on the trot: I think the other one was at Le Mans!”
Liddell was very complimentary about the Intersport Lola B2K / 40,
and its Judd 3.4 V8. “That car could win every time out, the
engine being especially strong. But there are several areas where
the package could be improved, if necessary. The Bucknum Pilbeam
is running carbon brakes and 675-size tyres, while the Lola is on
steel brakes and GT-size tyres. And without power steering, as the
front loads up you tend to lose some of the feel through the steering:
it’s a case of muscling it round – but it’s still
So right place, right time for Robin Liddell, and “from a
PR point of view it couldn't have been better , and very enjoyable.
It was a pleasure to support Clint too.
"I'd certainly love to finish the season with Intersport, but
I couldn’t do Lime Rock next week anyway, because I’m
in the JWR Porsche this weekend, at the Nurburgring.”