RML Lola’s Three Day Test At Albacete
Both of the Lola B05/40s have completed some good running now –
the RML MG-Lola EX264 version having spent three days at Albacete
in Spain (March 1-2-3), with Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos at the
“The weather was
difficult,” explains Tommy Erdos, “but it seems to have
been difficult everywhere recently. We started out with snow on
Tuesday morning – and we’ve already run it in the snow,
The image is
from the original shakedown test.
Both Erdos and Mike Newton
were out running on the first afternoon, and the tone of the test
was set: the Lola ran faultlessly.
gearbox, chassis, tyres – everything worked fine. In that
respect it was a great test.”
The second day
saw the track wet all day, but the drivers started to learn the
car, and began changing settings to see how the Lola reacted.
MG-Lola combination has resulted in “a very progressive, very
useable, very driveable car.”
again wet to start with, but dried out by the afternoon. Mike Newton
completed a longish run before lunch, then continued in the dry
after lunch, before Tommy Erdos got some dry running in too.
done to the car has produced the expected result,” explains
Erdos. “Operationally it was fantastic: we didn’t have
one single issue that stopped us running. The only minor issue we
had was with the gear shifting, but that was more connected to the
wheel speed sensors. It’s proving to be just what we expected:
a solid, very well put together car. It’s fast too.
“The whole team
is very upbeat about this year. Now we’re looking forward
to the Paul Ricard test. We might get out briefly before then…
because we’re thinking about using the time at Ricard for
a 24 hour test.”
The RML engineers
will use March to make their own ‘tweaks’ and changes
to the MG-Lola.
The RML Chevrolet WTCC
car was also present at Albacete, but the team responsible for that
one was so frustrated with the weather that they packed up on day
2 and headed off to Valencia, returning to Albacete again on Thursday.
Perhaps all this bad
weather testing is exactly what’s needed before the first
LMES event of the year, at Spa in mid-April. One result of the bad
weather is that we won’t see a comparison between the lap
times of the top LMP1 and LMP2 cars until April 1-2. That’s
going to be very interesting… to compare the new LMP2s’
speed with that of the existing cars, and with the different versions
of the LMP1 cars.
looking forward to the Ricard test," concludes the Brazilian.
"Then we'll really see where we are on speed."
Here are the
team's 2004 and 2005 cars, side by side.