MG-LOLA EX257

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Reid only raced the light­weight Mg-lola twice – re­tir­ing at Le Mans in both 2001 and 2002 – but its ca­pa­bil­i­ties earn it a place in his top three. The car ran in LMP675 (akin to a more com­pet­i­tive ver­sion of LMP2) and Reid be­lieves it had the po­ten­tial to take on the best of the LMP900S (LMP1), such as Audi’s leg­endary R8.

“That was pos­si­bly the best rac­ing car I ever drove,” says the 58-year-old, who shared with War­ren Hughes and Jonny Kane on both La Sarthe out­ings. “It was built by Lola and they made great rac­ing cars, su­per han­dling cars.

“I think it had the speed to win Le Mans, with the way the [race or­gan­iser] ACO set out the rules. It wasn’t as pow­er­ful as the LMP900S, but it was lighter and could ac­cel­er­ate faster, and we were as quick through the cor­ners.”

Sadly, the project be­came one of the vic­tims of the fall­out be­tween MG and Lola in 2001-’02: “The money that should have been spent on the car seemed to get spent on the lawyers I think!

“In 2002 we had a fast car, but I knew it wouldn’t fin­ish the race, so we agreed to cane the car’s arse. We got it up to third be­fore it in­evitably broke [gear­box fail­ure], but we left with our heads held high.”

Mans in 2001 (above) and 2002 Lola-mg squad proved rapid at Le

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