A new team has been created to run the cars, a combination of Le Mans veterans Chamberlain Motorsport and TVR stalwarts Synergy, and the cars have undergone an intensive winter development programme and were ready just in time to be flown out to America late last week.
However, all the drivers should be familiar to fans of TVR racing. The owner of the cars, Gareth Evans has raced many years in Tuscans and was normally to be seen racing wheel to wheel with TVR Chairman Peter Wheeler. Alongside him in the Number 91 car are Amanda Stretton, who raced a Tuscan at Croft a few years back as well as presenting the television coverage of the series for some years and who raced at Brands Hatch and the Le Mans 1000kms last year in the car. Third driver is Chris Stockton who dazzled in the few races he did in the Carlube TVR Tuscan Challenge last year.
In the Number 92 car are Bob Berridge, Amanda’s other half who also raced at Brands and the Le Mans 1000kms last year, TVR dealer, ex Tuscan Challenge champion and ex TVR works driver Michael Caine who drove for us at Le Mans in 2003. Last, but far from least is 2003 Tuscan Champion Lee Caroline who completes a very strong, and very TVR, line-up.
The cars have improved through 2003, and again over the winter, and it certainly shows out here. Although the 2004 Porsches are going two seconds a lap faster than the ’03 ones, we have gone four seconds a lap faster than we did last year! Qualifying was another extended test session and the team was still trying out yet more changes through the session so we believe that there is more to come!
The team lines up 10th and 12th for today’s race which is to be broadcast live on Motors TV in Europe and the Speed Channel in the USA. More news can be found on the americanlemans website.
Report courtesy of TVR Engineering Ltd