Liddell Takes On The ‘Ring 24
Scotsman Robin Liddell has taken the decision to forego a third crack at the Le Mans 24 Hours, in favour of a drive in the GS-Motorsport semi-works Honda NSX, which has been entered in the Nurburgring 24 Hours on the same weekend in June.

dailysportscar.com“In different ways both Nurburgring and Le Mans are amongst the finest tracks in the world,” explains Liddell, “They’re both fantastic 24 hour events. I raced in the Nurburgring event in 2000, and since then it has been my aim to return in a race winning car .

“I’ve been offered the opportunity by Honda in conjunction with Sport Auto, and basically I’m really looking forward to doing something different: it was a very tough decision though.”

The car is a 2002 former JGTC Honda NSX running to GT500 spec. It is chassis #03, driven then by Tsugio Matsuda and Ralph Firman, and it won three times in that season’s Japanese Championship.

Liddell will be partnering Robert Lechner, Armin Hahne and a Japanese driver whose identity currently escapes us. Lechner and Hahne are both former winners of the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

“We’ve got a very good test programme lined up,” comments Robin Liddell, “and there will be plenty of time to get used to the car and make it ready for a 24 Hour race.”

The Honda connection has already led to an invitation to help Honda with a world record attempt, with the new diesel-powered Accord – in Germany next month.

"At the moment this is only a one off with Honda, but I am very pleased to have been offered a contract with a manufacturer,” says Liddell. "I certainly hope to return to the US to complete the ALMS, and in addition to compete in the LMES in Europe as well. "

First task though – trying to become the first British driver to win over 24 hours at the ‘Ring since Steve Soper in 1987. This is the NSX in its JGTC days.

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