The Ladies Are Heading To Le Mans
The ladies are not just entering major events in prototypes, they’re
getting results too (Vanina Ickx, Liz Halliday).
Amanda Stretton (right) and Balba Camino are joining in, starting
at Silverstone’s LMES event next month.
“Entry permitting, we’ll be racing the
old Lola, the B2K/10,” says Amanda Stretton. “We know
it won’t be truly competitive (ballast / restrictors), but
we’ve got a lot of sponsors coming along – and we’ve
got a title sponsor lined up for Le Mans next year.”
The 2006 plan is for the fast ladies to race a new
LMP2, perhaps starting at Sebring, but including the full LMES,
and the 24 Hours in June. This kick-starts the project that Amanda
was working on for 2004 – an all ladies team at Le Mans.
She’s driven this car before, and almost ended
up on the podium, partnering partner (now husband) Bob Berridge
– at Donington Park’s FIA SCC race in 2003. A driveshaft
gave up two and a half minutes from the end.
she’s got a chance to beat Bob, at Silverstone. The blue Lola,
the ex-Michel Vaillant film car, will be prepared by Chamberlain-Synergy.
(left) is best known for her efforts in the Spanish GT Championship,
where she has driven the SEAT Toledo GT and a Lister Storm, among
other cars. She hasn’t driven a prototype yet, but will get
her first chance at Donington Park next week.
We wish the
ladies well as they embark on a long term project to race at Le
Mans. This is Amanda at the wheel of the B2K/10, back in 2003.
got that wrong. David Legangneux points out that this chassis is
a B98/10 (chassis B98/10 08).