Team LNT On Thursday & Friday
Two (Non Track) Days In The Life Of A Racing Team
And A Very Special Friday
What a contrast: a completely wasted day on Thursday,
but a Le Mans celebration day on Friday.
“Thursday at Donington Park was a complete
wash-out,” reports Richard Dean. “Avon has been willing
and keen to help us, and we’ve been working with them to find
a better tyre.”
So yesterday, September 14, was supposed to be the
first opportunity to try a new Avon slick for the Esperante, but
the car never left its garage.
“A dry line started to appear before lunch,”
related Richard Dean, “so we had the car warmed up, all ready
for the green light – and then a freak cloud came over and
flash-flooded the track. That was it for the day.
be able to get a run at Pembrey before the British GT round at Silverstone
next week, but if that plan fails, there’s still plenty of
testing at Silverstone next Friday.”
24 hours later and Team LNT was at Leeds-Bradford
Airport, to welcome a very special visitor.
“Dr. Don Panoz wanted to recognise the efforts
of everyone who was involved in winning GT2 at Le Mans,” continues
Richard Dean. “Lawrence (Tomlinson) had been playing golf
with Don in Scotland, and Don said he wanted to present something,
in person, to every member of the team who was at Le Mans in June.
So there we were, all waiting for the jet to land – it was
a bit like waiting for the President!
“When the plane landed, I introduced everyone
to him – and Don presented everyone with a gold medal. It
was a really nice gesture from him.”
That Le Mans victory clearly meant an awful lot
to Dr. Don Panoz.
The Panoz Esperante was there of course, together
with the team’s truck, and these images are a permanent reminder
of a very special day.
It’s not over yet though: Don Panoz will be
dining with the team tonight, and staying in Leeds overnight.
endeavour to catch up with him at Road Atlanta within the next 12
days or so – and LNT at Silverstone before that, for what
could be the deciding round of the British GT Championship.