Le Mans 24hrs 2010. Drayson Racing. Let the 24 Hours Begin

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Drayson Racing will start this weekend in 14th overall in only its second 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first of which in a full blooded Le Mans Prototype One (LM P1) car.

Jonny Cocker had mentioned that the team had worked hard with problems during the build up…”We’ve had our issues over the week. We made some good adjustments and we had to quantify them to see how much difference we made so we had a go with a lower fuel load and new Michelin tyres andI managed to get one reasonable lap in. Pace is not the number one priority in this race. We need to concentrate on having a good race car; something we can drive confidently for 24 hours. I feel like we have that.”

It was a awesome effort for the team to bring the effort back from the brink of a potential disaster on Wednesday. In the waning moments of the final of two, two hour sessions, just as Pirro pulled on course for a final test, the telemetry reported low oil in engine. The team immediately shut the car down out on the course and deciding not to risk further damage to the engine. As you can imagine this necessitated an engine change. Now I’m not sure whether you know but Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), organisers of the event, dictate that a car may only use two engines per weekend. Therefore, an engine change prior to tonight’s session would be the second of the engines and mandate a limited running of the car thereafter.

However not to be deterred, Cocker took to the challenge bringing the Lola up to speed quickly turning his fastest qualifying lap on his third trip around the legendary circuit.

In doing so, he validated the hard work of the Drayson crew and ranked the car as the fastest, privateer Lola in the field. Which is amazing news….

The team here at crankandpiston have everything crossed for a successful 24hours in the saddle!

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