Team LNT Continues Testing
a mark of a team’s intentions when you can’t get hold
of the team’s MD to enquire about a test session – because
the team is already at the next test session.
Park yesterday (February 23) was pretty much flooded,” says
Richard Dean (right), “and I did one lap and we called it
a day. That was frustrating.”
Snetterton two days earlier was more satisfactory,
although it was still cold and wet.
“We had both of the Esperantes (that are in
the UK at the moment) at Snetterton – really for a shakedown.
We’ve covered 15 and 17 hours on them so far, so both have
had a complete strip down, and we’ve been putting some of
our own mods. on them too.
“It threw it down, but we got plenty of wet
weather testing in, and all four drivers present got a run.”
That was Richard Dean himself, Le Mans Series partners
Rob Bell and Warren Hughes, and British GT man Tom Kimber-Smith.
driver recently connected to the team is Luke Hines, the BTCC man
having tested the team’s third car at Sebring (February 6-7-8).
“Luke has got an option in Touring Cars,”
explains Richard Dean, “but Sebring was the only chance to
get him in a car early enough, because we wanted to get some discussion
going quickly. Luke has got an option in the BTCC this year, but
we’ve got a sponsor who is interested in British GTs (with
Hines seemed to enjoy the Panoz Esperante experience:
“The car is bloody quick and handles much
more like a single seater than I expected,” he commented last
week. “I really enjoyed the test and it now has me thinking
about a change of direction with Motorsport. I will look at my options
over the next week or so with my sponsors and the BTCC and the British
Tom Kimber-Smith’s British GT partner is expected
to be announced soon.
team currently has one definite entry at Le Mans, and is also gearing
up for its first race of the season – the Mobil 1 12 Hours
All images from
Snetterton on Tuesday.