Lola's rise to rule F1’s feeder series
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Lola's rise to rule F1’s feeder series

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Lola's first Formula 3000 car wasn't a success, and neither was its second. But perseverance in the F1 feeder series would eventually be rewarded

At its height, the Formula 3000 International Championship featured intense multi-make competition and helped drivers and engineers prepare for the final step into Formula 1. Lola was a key player throughout the category's life, but at times it was a tough experience.

Right from the start Lola was up against it. F3000 was introduced to replace F2 in 1985 and provide a home for the Cosworth DFV, which had finally been usurped by turbos in F1. While Ralt and March were able to use versions of the F2 machines they'd planned, the time constraints hurt Eric Broadley's team. The T950 was the marque's first 'big' European single-seater since the days of F5000 in the 1970s.

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