Jason Workman and co-driver, Scott Bradley qualified the Essex Racing Lola-Nissan in fifth place in LMP675 class [17th overall] with a time of 1 minute 26.265 seconds at the "Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships" at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday.

Benefiting from new carbon brakes, the Lola-Nissan exhibited additional speed and superior handling from previous races. The Essex crew intends to use the new technology for the remainder of the season.

"They [the carbon brakes] take some getting used to," commented Workman. "The feel and feedback are completely different, but we are very pleased with their performance."

Workman is joined this race by Scott Bradley who makes his prototype debut in ALMS LMP675 division this weekend. Bradley, who won the 2001 Star Mazda Series, is very familiar with the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, his home track and the same track he clinched the Star Mazda Series Championship.

The combination of the new carbon brakes and the reliability of the Nissan powerplant has the team looking forward to another good finish at the Laguna Seca event. The Nissan, while proving to be a very reliable engine, is a race prepared version of the standard Nissan 3-litre V6. The result is that the Nissan is running less than 400 horsepower, significantly less than their competitors. But reliability in an endurance series often means that the prize goes to the entry that proves to be the most "bullet proof."

The Nissan engine and the Essex crew has brought Jason Workman knocking on the door of the top three positions in the points standings. With three races to go, carbon brakes, continued consistency and solid reliability may be the best bets to make in the final stretch of the 2003 ALMS LMP675 season.

 

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