CAINE TAKES FIRST POLE POSITION FOR RARE ABARTH OSELLA PA1 AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC
Celebrations all-round in the Pit Lane of (Hertfordshire-based) PromotaSPORT last weekend as one of their two, incredibly rare, 1973 Abarth Osella PA1 prototype sports cars took pole position for the World Sports Car Masters Race , at Silverstone on Saturday 25th July, and the other went on to win 2nd in Class and 11th place overall.
[UKPRwire, Fri Jul 31 2009] Celebrations all-round in the Pit Lane of (Hertfordshire-based) PromotaSPORT last weekend as one of their two, incredibly rare, 1973 Abarth Osella PA1 prototype sports cars took pole position for the World Sports Car Masters Race , at Silverstone on Saturday 25th July, and the other went on to win 2nd in Class and 11th place overall.
The pole winner, a 2.0L Abarth engine Osella was driven by car owner Grant Tromans and seasoned Newmarket-based racing driver Michael ‘Chucky’ Caine. The qualifying session began with Tromans completing the required three laps for each driver, before handing over to Caine. With a busy track and slippery surface, Caine struggled to find the space to put in a clean lap, but in the closing minutes of the session, posted a staggeringly fast lap of 1:55.2 which was enough to win overall pole position for the team. Meanwhile the sister Osella with a 1.8L Cosworth FVC engine and driven, for the first time, by Ian Bankhurst and Nick Padmore managed an excellent qualifying time of 1:58.1 early on to secure 14th on the grid of 48 cars.
However, after 25 minutes of the race the Tromans/Caine Osella did not appear. A 5mm bolt that fixes the throttle cable assembly to the slide had failed and left Tromans with no throttle, parked off the circuit just five minutes before the scheduled driver change. This left the team hopes resting on the Padmore/Bankhurst Osella still in the race. A safety car lap cued a mass pit stop for the majority of the field. The Osella was expertly fuelled to the flag while Bankhurst took over from Padmore and completed the second stint of the race, driving brilliantly to catch and pass the second placed 2-litre car as darkness fell. By the end of the 90 minute race Bankhurst had battled his way to 11th over all and second in class.
Michael Purse, chief mechanic at PromotaSPORT said, “Whilst we were all hugely disappointed when the first Osella dropped out due to mechanical failure, it was a great achievement to start on P1 and with an incredible lap time! But then to take second in class with the other car in the race was a great result for the whole team. It made our weekend and proved what we have known all along; these are fast cars!”
Only 10 of these rare Abarth Osella PA1s were ever produced and they remain somewhat legendary in status to this day. The two PA1s owned by Grant Tromans of Ecurie GT, prepared and maintained by PromotaSPORT have Hewland gearboxes and weigh just 575kg. The 2.0L Abarth powered car was previously driven by formula 1 great Arturo Merzario.
A full Race Report from the Silverstone Classic, written by PromotaSPORT managing director, Pete Johnston, is submitted with this press release. All PromotaSPORT images from this weekend’s Silverstone Classic can be found online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/promotasport/
Hertfordshire-based PromotaSPORT team, provide motorsport preparation, fabrication and race management for several Race Teams and individual customers, the most prominent team being Ecurie GT for whom they manage two 1973 Abarth Osella PA1 prototype sports cars, two 1963 FIA Mk1 Lotus Cortinas and are currently restoring a 1981 Formula 3 car. Also in the PromotaSPORT stable includes three Caterham 7’s, a Class F Alfasud and a rally prepared mk2 Escort.
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