TUESDAY 12 APRIL 2011
ALLAN GOES HISTORIC LE MANS RACING

After five weekends of racing our Danish hero decided a break was instore this weekend.

Certainly that was the impression he gave his partner, Carina, before he left his sunny waterside Monte Carlo apartment. But his race gear had gone as well...

When Allan says "I'm having the weekend off", what he really means is that "I'm racing this weekend in a more relaxing environment."

Sure enough, a quick look at his online calendar revealed he was to make his debut in the Masters Historic Racing Series at Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona, Spain.

Allan had always been interested in historics, have driven several times at the world famous Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix – an event that winds itself through the parklands of the Danish capital, not unlike what Australians experience in Adelaide.

Ian Khan, his Monaco neighbour, had approached Allan with the view to co-driving his 37 year old Abarth Osella PA1. For Allan, it was an easy call as it meant a weekend away from the regulars of top international competition and a chance to meet new friends and learn more about the history of sportscar racing.


The PA1 is 5 years older than Allan!

Allan was taking on cars that ran at, or were eligible to race at Le Mans, in the 70's - true classic stuff!

In that era, the awesome win-all Lola T70 was the weapon of choice.

Allan thought to himself and wondered what they would be like to drive – such massive engines, compared to the Osella, which would suffer a 200 horsepower gap. And then he remembered! Yes, he'd driven a T70, kindly provided by Rob Sherrard, for a historic race at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.


As expected, it took Allan only moments to become acustomed to the open cockpit racer, setting the 2nd fastest time in qualifying for the 60 minute enduro, on three year old tyres, at that, despite the Lola cars having fresh rubber! Dunlop says they will have fresh stuff for the Silverstone Classic, in July.

Ian started the race, but alas, the fuel mettering unit failed, which in turn led to a throttle stuck fully open, stranding the Monégasque on the circuit, after he hastily shutdown the power unit.

Allan was disappointed, but upbeat,

"I was really looking forward to having a go. It was fun to drive but thats racing and if we're going to have a problem like that I'd rather get it sorted now rather than later.

"No doubt we'll be all good for Silverstone, said Allan.

Whilst his historic racing will have to wait for a few months, Allan will shortly head over to Oulton Park (UK) for the opening round of the 2011 British GT Championship.

With so many new cars arriving into the championship, especially in GT4, spectators should be guaranteed of an exciting season ahead. And hopefully, Allan another "Autosport Driver of the Year" Award – something he has now won five years running.