Very Interesting Rollcentre Line-Ups
The two Rollcentre Dallaras at Spa this weekend will be driven by
18 Dallara Nissan
Car 8 Dallara Judd
welcome back Rob Barff, who last drove for the team at Le Mans,
and welcome to prototypes Andy Thompson – joining Barbosa
and Krumm in the Nissan-engined car.
Theys was due to be with us, but unfortunately he has had to pull
out of Le Mans and the rest of the season, owing to a new project
he’s involved with,” explains Martin Short. “Unfortunately
this means we can’t accommodate him at Spa – which is
a great shame as he did a fantastic job at Sebring.”
We can't mention
any details of that new project yet.
Short describes Rob Barff
as “a very welcome addition back with the team.” It’s
great to see the smiley Barff back in a prototype.
“It’s a one-race
deal at the moment,” says Rob Barff, “but I’m
aiming to stake a claim for a seat at Le Mans if at all possible.
It’s too long since I last raced (the Lister at Silverstone
last August), but I’m very familiar with the Dallara Judd.”
After Le Mans,
Barff is looking to race more in America – because….
his girlfriend is none other than Katherine Legge, who won the Toyota
Atlantic race at Long Beach at the weekend. Chris Dyson finished
fourth in that one.
the first lady to win a Champ Car sanctioned event – and the
first lady winner of a significant single seater race since Desiré
Wilson won a non-championship British F1 race in 1980 – the
year Katherine Legge was born.
Back on topic….
Andy Thompson has two
years British F3 experience behind him, and made his GT debut at
Sebring, in the IN2Racing Porsche.
“As soon as he
sat in the Dallara and played with the paddle shift, he was sold
on the idea,” explains Short. “It will obviously be
his first prototype drive, but he’s raced at Spa half a dozen
times already – and I’m sure Michael and Joao wll be
Vanina Ickx we’ve
already introduced, after her test of the Judd-powered car at Snetterton
Meanwhile, the Rollcentre
workshop was still a hive of activity late this evening, as the
team installed the Nissan V6 into car #18.
through a lot of development work since Sebring,” says the
team owner. “The power and torque figures are looking good,
with a lot of attention having been paid to intercooling. We’re
looking forward to this weekend.”
This will be
the first time the team has raced two Dallaras. Ballast and restrictors
will have an effect on the LMP900 cars, but the likes of Barbosa,
Krumm, Barff and Magnussen (in the Lister) – plus the Audi
of course – should make it a very interesting LMES event at