BGT Media Day 2 – Data Protection Solutions Prosport
A welcome addition to the BGT ranks in 2006 is the Prosport LM3000
of Ian Stinton. Whilst not perhaps having a very sexy team name
(DPS being his own company), Stinton is determined to prove that
a Prosport can be a competitive and reliable challenger, despite
the car’s age.
Following in the not entirely successful footsteps
of the Bintec and Rob Horsfield Prosports, Stinton has approached
the project from a new angle. “It’s one of the original
road cars,” was the unexpected response to a question as to
the car’s heritage. “There are plenty of Prosport race
cars available,” he continued “but they’re all
getting a bit worn out. This one hasn’t done very many miles,
relatively, and hasn’t been under the same strains and stresses
as the racing versions. It’s done some running in Spanish
GTs, but that’s all.”
Stinton does actually own a race version and will
be taking both cars to each meeting, with the second car being a
donor vehicle where required. Spares are not an issue, with DPS
having purchased all of Jon Lee’s stock of Prosport parts.
Lee is the proprietor of Lynx AE and a Prosport expert. He also
raced with Barry Murphy in the Bintec’s truncated 2004 season.
Lee was on hand at Silverstone to offer support to DPS, but will
not be driving the car; Stinton is likely to be handling all driver
DPS is tackling the job of meeting the power-to-weight
limit by detuning the engine rather than adding weight, in order
to reduce the stresses on components. The engine is also from the
road car, being a 24-valve, three litre, Granada Scorpio version.
Stinton will not be racing his beloved Harriers
in the Group C Championship this year, but does have a project on
the boil for 2007; “I’ve bought the 1987 Le Mans-winning
Spice C2 and I’ll be racing that next year,” he smiled.
“Group C is where my heart is, but (BGT) is my focus for this
of two Prosport LM3000s running competitively in BGT this year is
an intriguing one. To date, we have seen speed but not reliability
from the marque. It will indeed be excellent news if DPS and Team
Scandal can coax both qualities from their respective steeds.