Gets His Le Mans Chance At Team LNT
Team LNT has ‘agreed to release Warren Hughes to pursue a
seat with a prototype team’ at Le Mans, so the third seat
in the orange Panoz goes to 21 year old Tom Kimber-Smith. He’ll
drive the #81 Esperante with Lawrence Tomlinson and Richard Dean.
“Warren was originally set to drive the Panoz
and bring his considerable Le Mans experience to the team, but we
have agreed he should be able to pursue his ambition in the top
classes for a potential win overall,” explains Richard Dean.
really progressed so quickly in sports cars this year with his performances
at Sebring, the British GT Championship and only this month with
a great drive to help the team to second place in the Le Mans Series
at Spa-Francorchamps,” adds Group LNT Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.
The Dean / Tomlinson / TK-S trio came through to
an excellent second place at Spa.
“It is a busy time in the workshop with the
three car staff working to pretty tight deadlines and a full race
schedule,” continued Richard Dean. “People forget we
are still developing this car - yet we have been on the podium five
times, qualified on the front row four times and never been out
of the top six in any event we have done including the FIA, Le Mans
Series, British GT and ALMS championships.”
The damaged car from Spa has since been back to
Atlanta for repair, and will then be fully rebuilt when it returns
to the team.
For Tom Kimber-Smith, it’s been a whirlwind
two and a half months – since his maiden GT race at Sebring.
Spa – and now Le Mans. The Le Mans trio has already finished
fifth and second, at two of the world’s classic tracks. Here
they are at Spa: first question to Lawrence Tomlinson this weekend
will be 'What were you laughing at on the podium?'