Élan Motorsports notches up another win at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend at the Sportscar Showdown with their #00 Élan NP01, whilst also achieving the fastest lap in both races.
August 22, 2018, Braselton, Ga – Élan Motorsports competed with their #00 Élan NP01 at the World Racing League’s Sportscar Showdown endurance races at Barber Motorsports Park this past weekend. The car, leased and driven by Kevin Ross, Catesby Jones, David Chow, William Tally, and Ethan Billions, competed in both the nine-hour race Saturday and the seven-hour on Sunday.
Besides Ross and Chow, this was the other drivers’ first time racing the Élan NP01. Ross started the nine hours of Race 1, and lapped the field in the first hour and 30-minutes. Unfortunately, Chow, driving second, had issues with his cool suit and after fixing it had dropped down a couple of laps. Tally, Billions, Ross for a second stint, followed by Jones then completed the race in one-hour, 30-minute stints, to end the race fourth in class, eighth overall. Billions also drove the fastest lap of the race on lap 168 with a time of 1:39.468.
Tally took the wheel at the start of Race 2 in damp conditions following the pre-race rainfall. In a two-hour stint Tally maintained second position, the only car on the lead lap, following the only other Élan NP01 in the race, the #19 run by Ricky Sanders Racing, in the lead. Billions took over the lead position prior to the mandatory quiet thanks to good pitting strategy and maintained following the stationary period. With final stints from Ross, then Tally, Billions returned to the wheel to finish the race, taking the checkered flag in first, eight laps ahead of the rest of the field and also securing the fastest lap time again with a 1:36.624.
All drivers achieved quicker lap times in Race 2 compared to Race 1, proving the NP01’s usability. The Élan Motorsports #00 was approximately two-seconds faster than the #19 Élan NP01, both approximately two-seconds faster than any other car on track. Despite needing an axle change in Race 1, the #00 still completed the race, not dropping back below eighth position, due to the axle change taking less time than the time taken to tow the car back to the pit, also proving the car’s efficiency of design.
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“A huge Thank you to crew chief/engineer Brandon White for a great weekend and victory and Barber. A second thank you to elan Motorsports for creating the np01- what a thrill to drive. It’s a go-cart on steroids! As a rookie driver i was nervous about managing its performance, turns out for no reason. He np01 is a very capable yet forgiving car that allows you to approach both yours and it’s limits without biting. I can’t wait for the next race!”
“I was a very last minute addition to the team, as one of our drivers felt ill after the practice day and couldn’t continue. It was also my first endurance race, first time driving the NP01, and first time racing at Barber Motorsports Park. That being said Brandon White and the Élan team provided an absolutely amazing car with a perfect setup.
I was able to hop in my first stint on Saturday and set the fastest time of the weekend. unfortunately we had a mechanical issue that took us out of contention for a win. But we knew the true speed of our car and pressed on for Sunday.
In Sunday’s race the car had blistering pace once again, as did my fellow drivers William Tally and Kevin Ross. I was able to once again set the fastest lap of the weekend in my first stint and exited the car with the team sitting P1 with almost a lap advantage. On the restart both William and Kevin drove superbly, allowing me to close our race with a five lap lead on the rest of the field. In my last stint I was able to bring the car to the checkered flag to take the victory, with an eight lap lead on the rest of the field.
The team, both drivers and crew, operated at the highest level all weekend and enough cannot be said about just how well prepped our Élan NP01 was.
Thanks to the Brandon White and the team for working so hard, especially under unforeseen circumstances. A fantastic team and great drivers ensured our victory. I can’t wait for the next race with the team!”