Pat Pearce In LNT TVRs
We had some Pearce news (Laurence) last week, but now it’s (no relation) Pat’s turn.“I’ll be driving one of Lawrence Tomlinson’s TVRs in the British GT Championship, with Warren Hughes, and then one of the other cars in the LMES, with Marc Hynes – with the possibility of a third driver joining us.”

The third part of the 2005 programme is Sebring and Le Mans – the latter always dependent on entry allocations, of course. The TVRs do generate a lot of UK support at Le Mans though, and also provide the much needed variety in GT(2).

Pat Pearce certainly had an eventful 2004, culminating in his big accident at Spa, in the Rollcentre Dallara. So is he fully fit now?

“The doctor signed me off on December 11, and I’ve been in the gym almost every day since then,” he answers.

“Last year was a very up and down season for me, especially after winning the class in British GTs in 2003. The opportunity arose in Martin Short’s Dallara, and I’m glad I took it, but I was throwing myself in at the deep end – but I couldn’t resist the chance to drive a prototype.

“Budgets aren’t so high in a GT car though, and although I’m bringing IHL backing to the TVR drive, I’m still looking for more sponsorship.”

The contact with Lawrence Tomlinson’s LNT Racing came about through the team’s newly appointed engineer, Alan Mugglestone.

“Alan and I met at Bahrain and talked about the opportunities in the British Championship, then he called me just before the New Year, and we discussed the chance of racing with LNT. With the British, the LMES, Sebring and hopefully Le Mans, it was too good to turn down.”

Pre-Sebring LNT Racing testing will commence at Magny-Cours in early February, while the British programme will kick off with some warm weather testing at Valencia.

“Lawrence is really committed to winning this year: he’s got some great people on board, and I couldn’t ask for better team-mates. I can’t wait to get started.”

Look for Richard Dean to be part of the line-up for the endurance races – while the team allegedly has a very interesting colour scheme lined up for 2005. Remember the chameleon orange TVRs last year – and the purple ones? Well, combine the two colours……. and add some fade…

Amended to add that here is the bulk of the LMT team, at the NEC on January 14: from the left, clockwise, Richard Dean, Pat Pearce, Marc Hynes, technical men Alan Mugglestone and Rodney Farrell, team owner Lawrence Tomlinson and a distracted Warren Hughes (there were scantily-clad ladies around at the time) - and Jonny Kane.


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