New LNT Man - Tom Kimber-Smith
The newcomer at Team LNT for 2006 perhaps didn’t have the
most favourable views on GT racing at first - “I thought it
was all about old men driving big cars” - but that’s
all changed now.
“I was looking for the next step forward with
my racing,” he remarked at the NEC on Thursday, “and
having been with Richard (Dean) and JLR in single seaters for a
while, when he asked me whether I had considered GT racing, it was
as good a recommendation as I could have hoped for.
“The big surprise for me was the number of
really big races that are involved with really top class drivers
too. Richard and the team made me a good offer for doing British
GTs this coming season and I want to do more in future. There a
lot of races in this area of the sport that I want to do.
Kimber-Smith’s Team LNT career started with
a run out in the TVR T400R at the Istanbul LMES race, where a great
time in qualifying was ruined by an engine failure in the morning
warm-up. The switch to the Panoz Esperante though should hopefully
see the end of such frustrating failures.
“I’ll be doing Sebring this year and there are some
opportunities to race at Daytona later this season in a Riley Lexus.
I definitely want to do the Daytona 24 Hours, but it’s perhaps
not the most sensible choice to jump straight into a new car and
expect to be competitive in a 24 hour race.”
With a brand
new car and as lead driver in the British GT attack, we have a very
welcome newcomer to the GT2 ranks.