Back In A Prototype
It’s a funny old business sometimes, isn’t it? With
poor Angel Burgueno crashing the #39 Chamberlain-Synergy entry at
the Le Mans test day – on his first flying lap – a replacement
driver, one who didn’t need to complete ten laps to qualify
himself, was needed in the Lola B05/40.
up steps Warren Hughes.
“I’m delighted,” says the 2005
LMP2 winner. “I received word from the car owner, Miguel Amaral,
this morning, and he’s happy to have me in the car.”
So the driver line-up will be Miguel Amaral, Miguel
Angel de Castro and Warren Hughes.
“I’m familiar with the car,” says
the modest Hughes, “so it’s all worked out very well
“I know that Bob Berridge championed my cause,
so I’m just pleased to be back in a prototype.”
He’ll be racing against the RML version of
the car of course.
Hughes is familiar
with earlier versions of the AER in-line four cylinder engine, having
been one of the works MG drivers in 2001 and 2002.
The tub of the
yellow B05/40 did indeed come though Sunday's accident unscathed,
and the car is being rebuilt at the Chamberlain workshops right
now. Here it is on the way to the class win at Spa last month.