Team LNT Continues Testing
dailysportscar.comIt’s 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.

“But Donington 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.

dailysportscar.comA 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 him).”

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 GT Championship.”

Tom Kimber-Smith’s British GT partner is expected to be announced soon.

Meanwhile the 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 at Sebring.

All images from Snetterton on Tuesday.


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