The No.30 Status Grand Prix Lola-Judd B12/80 is driven by Alexander Sims, Yelmer Buurman and Romain Iannetta.
The Anglo-Irish team went superbly at Le Castellet on their debut in endurance racing, finishing 3rd after a mid-race delay. At Spa, newcomer to endurance racing Sims had a huge accident at Radillon which meant they missed the race. The young British driver was the first to hold up his hand to the error, and admits that while he is learning fast, there is much to learn about this new discipline.
Teddy Yip Junior is one the team principals and they also have former F1 engineer Gary Anderson (and this year's Sky Sports F1HD analyst) as a technical consultant and ex Mazda driver (6th overall in 1991) David Kennedy as MD.
Dutch driver Yelmer Buurman has gone really well in his first year in LMPs and Alexander Sims will no doubt want to make up for his Spa mistake. He is now looking forward and not back as he approaches his first 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“It’s a big race isn’t it! A lot bigger than everything I’ve done before – even GP3 where you’re part of a Grand Prix weekend you are outside the main paddock and not that big a deal. Here you are centre stage no matter what class you are. It takes a different mentality to adapt to being a sports car driver. If you are in the car and want to do a fast lap, that’s the same as being in a single-seater, but you also have to step back a notch and look after the car. In terms of working with other drivers to be fast, the whole dynamics of dealing with traffic and people behind you and overtaking you, it’s quite complex. There are so many things to think about apart from driving the wheels off the car.”