30 July, 2010
Leading British sportscar driver, Rob Bell, will race in the 2011 Petit Le Mans race in October with Robertson Racing, driving a Ford GT at the famed Road Atlanta track in the USA. Bell will be joined by two team mates for the event, former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Anthony Lazzaro and current Robertson Racing regular David Murry.
The 10 hour, 1000 mile, Petit Le Mans race is the finale of the American Le Mans Series and has established itself as one of the premier races on the international sportscar racing calendar, alongside Le Mans 24 Hour race and the Sebring 12 Hours race. Bell competed at Petit Le Mans for the first time in 2009, behind the wheel of the Drayson Racing LMP1 Lola and this will be his second appearance at the venue and his first attempt to win the GT2 category of the race.
Bell says of driving with Robertson Racing, “It’s great to be joining the team for Petit Le Mans and to have the chance of driving a different GT race car, one of the classic sportscar marques. The goal, as always will be to the best job we can in the race, and as the team is still developing the car I’m looking forward to contributing to this at Road Atlanta. Although I haven’t driven the track in a GT car, I don’t expect to need much acclimatisation as I have plenty of sportscar racing experience at this level. I think the Ford will differ from the Aston Martin I’m driving in the Le Mans Series with JMW Motorsport, but it should only take a few laps for me to get up to speed at Petit Le Mans.
“The GT category is rich in its variety of cars and the competitiveness, with a strong line up which includes BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche as well as the Ford. It will be my first run out with Robertson Racing, but there are some familiar faces amongst the team and people I’ve worked with previously, so I expect to quickly feel at home with everyone”.
Bell, Le Mans Series GT2 Champion in 2007 and 2008, has over five years experience in sportscar racing and has contested all the blue riband events, including four Le Mans 24 Hours race appearances, Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans. He has also competed in rounds of the American Le Mans Series and four full seasons of the Le Mans Series in Europe.