PLM Entry Update (2)
The entry list for Petit Le Mans now totals 35 cars, with the very
welcome addition of a two car LMP2 squad from Marshall Cooke Racing.
The cars, both
Lola B2K/40 chassis with two-litre Millington turbo engines, each
have three named drivers.
ALMS LMP2 race winners
Ben Devlin and Jason Workman will be joined by ex-Team Spencer Lola
driver Rich Grupp in the #7 car, while the #13 Lola will feature
Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Ryan Eversley. Lally and Eversley
raced one of these cars, under the Race Car Company name, at Mid-Ohio
and Lime Rock.
Marshall Cooke Racing,
owned by Dennis Marshall and James Cooke, has just moved into the
Buford, Georgia, raceshop owned by former ALMS competitor (and Lola
entrant) Dennis Spencer, and the PLM programme marks the first step
on what could well be a full time return to the ALMS in 2005:
"We intend to contest
the 2005 championship," said Cooke. "We need the experience
of running two cars because that's what we're going to do next year.
Whether we run the last race of 2004 (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
in Monterey, Calif.) will depend on our results at Petit. But if
both cars cross the finish line in good shape, we'll do Laguna,
"We're at a disadvantage
on outright speed, but endurance racing is not always about speed,"
said Cooke. "We feel comfortable with the reliability of this
car, and the little engine is very robust. It didn't miss a beat
in 2002. We tend to not rely on ultimate speed but we usually pull
off a good result if we can keep the car running."
Meanwhile the driver
squad for the Panoz Motor Sports Esperante GT-LM has been completed
with the addition of factory ‘old boy’ Christophe Tinseau.
Tinseau joins Gunnar
Jeannette and Marino Franchitti in the factory run GT class car.
Tinseau is no stranger to either the marque or the race, having
piloted the unique hybrid-powered GTR-1 at the inaugural Petit Le
Mans in 1998, following up a race start in the Le Mans 24 hours
for the DAMS team earlier the same year in a conventionally powered
GTR-1. He had what we believe was his first race of 2004 last weekend
– in the T2M Porsche at the Spa 1000 Km.
Finally, for now at least,
a third driver has now been added to the Foxhill Motorsports Porsche
roster, Charles Espenlaub joning Andrew Davis and Michael Cawley.