Sunday, March 21, 2010

Drayson Racing at Sebring

Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform, and previously (as MinDES) the architect of the DIS has been racing again over the weekend in the 12 Hours of Sebring competition. This is part of the American Le Mans Series - endurance races in the spirit of 24 Hours of Le Mans, with durations of up to 12 hours.

Drayson Racing's car (LMP1 class) started in fourth place and finished fourth amongst the LMP1s and twelfth overall - a very credible performance despite engine troubles and two broken alternators.

The timings show that they were on the pace of the winning pair of cars from the Peugeot factory team - Emanuele Pirro's best race lap (beating his qualifying time!) for Drayson Racing was 1:45.550, compared to 1:45.704 (Anthony Davidson) and 1:44.972 (Sebastien Bourdais) in the Peugeot 1-2, making Drayson Racing's Lola B09 60/Judd the second fastest car on the grid. Sadly, they had to make 15 pit stops compared to 8 for the Peugeots and the mechanical problems meant they were 43 laps down at the end (324 completed vs 367 for the leaders).

Unless the points system has changed from last year, I believe this gives the team 20 points - almost as many as the 24 points the Drayson-Barwell GT2-class Aston-Martin managed in the whole 2008 season.

So, congratulations to Lord Drayson, Jonny Cocker, Emanuele Pirro and all the guys behind the scenes on a great start to the 2010 season!

- KoW

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