Pat Pearce In LNT TVRs
We had some Pearce news (Laurence) last week, but now it’s
(no relation) Pat’s turn.
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.
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
“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…
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.