Lister aims for Le Mans glory

Lister boss Laurence Pearce is prepared to attack the Le Mans 24 Hours race for at least five years in his quest for glory with the all-new LMP prototype, which will race in the French endurance classic for the first time in 2003

Lister aims for Le Mans glory

Speaking at the AUTOSPORT International show in Birmingham, Pearce outlined his determination to win the great race.

"I love Le Mans," he said. "I'm very excited about our programme and the time is right for us to go for it. It's a new technical challenge for us, and it has taken two years of planning, but we feel we are ready for it."

The new Chevrolet-powered Lister LMP will test for the first time next month, before heading to America to contest the Sebring 12 Hours.

"Sebring is the roughest circuit I have ever been to," added Pearce. "It will be good experience for us, and then we will have three months to prepare for Le Mans."

Pearce's lead driver will be former FIA GT champion Jamie Campbell-Walter, who is also relishing the challenge.

"I've had lots of success in my time in GTs with Lister and it's time for us to move on," said JC-W. "I've seen this car come together from the floor upwards. I'm really looking forward to it. The first year will be tough - just look at Audi, they were miles off the pace in their first year."

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