van der Steur Radical Shakedown
The first stage of the acquisition of the team’s new car is
complete: the van der Steur Radical SR9 had it shakedown at Summit
Point Raceway, Virginia, yesterday (Wednesday), and the test was
Gunnar van der Steur and Ben Devlin each completed
35 laps with the AER-powered SR9.
"Fantastic!" said Gunnar van der Steur.
“We did 70 laps total and didn't have any issues. The car
is so precise. It's such a rewarding feeling. It's nice to have
something new that you can work with.
"I'm comparing everything against the old
Lola," van der Steur continued. "The actual body style
is incredible. Everyone was amazed at how great the car looked going
through the circuit. It just blends so well together. I can put
a penny on the track and hit it every time. With the old Lola, I
couldn't come within five feet. It's all about the new technology."
The new car will run on KUMHO tyres.
"We'll be the development team for the Radical
on KUMHOs," van der Steur confirmed. "This will be a good
Ben Devlin was
highly impressed too, although he drove the Bruichladdich example
at Donington Park late last month. "If Petit goes as well as
it did yesterday, I think we'd win Petit. We'd love to be on the
podium and we'd love to win. Running this car, you see where the
Porsches gain their advantages. We're not going to beat the Porsches
on pace. If we can spend less time in the pits and be precise, we'll