Binnie Lola’s Third Test
At Road Atlanta (February 13 – 16)
”I was over the moon with the performance of the engine, and
I can't wait for Bill (Binnie) to drive it,” said Sam Hancock
last month, after the Binnie Motorsports Lola Zytek’s first
shakedown, at Snetterton.
The team has
moved to North America now, and spent three days at Road Atlanta
last week. Top of the agenda were comparisons between different
tyre manufacturers and durability testing of the Lola-Zytek combination.
With a total
of (a remarkable) 468 laps covered over the three days (more than
a PLM race distance – 394 laps), the Lola B05/40 proved itself
to be very reliable, while on the tyre front, the decision has been
made: the car will run on Michelins this year.
“We are hopeful that this race car will deliver
on race day and we look forward to Sebring,” commented Bill
Binnie. “The new Zytek engine seems great and the Michelins
are going to help us remain competitive in the face of the new competition
in our class. It has been a busy winter for our team. We have re-engined
our Lola and completed our new 20,000 square foot state-of–the-art
race shop and we moved our program forward a lot and we are ready
for the new season.”
All those laps were completed despite a late start
to two of the three days, owing to record low temperatures in the
Atlanta area. Allen Timpany was among the drivers, alongside the
The team is
now back at its New Hampshire base, preparing the car for the 12
Hours of Sebring.
This is the
car at its second test – at Snetterton last month (Sam Hancock