The Dyson MG-Lola EX257 driving combination of Chris Dyson, Didier de Radigues and Chad Block, which started off the American Le Mans Series year, are reunited for this weekend's season-ending Petit Le Mans.

The trio were last in action together at the first race of the year in the popular American racing series, the Sebring 12 hours. In this race the Dyson team with their nimble MG-Lola EX257 came home with the class win after twelve hours of race action and the team is hoping for a similar performance this coming weekend.

Petit Le Mans takes place at Road Atlanta one of only two venues during the course of the year that Dyson has lost out to rival MG-Lola team Intersport in their bid for class victory.

"I'm very happy to be rejoining the Dyson team," the Belgian said. "They are one of the best teams I've ever worked with, and the Lola is a fantastic car. When Chris asked me to come back, I had only one word."

The two drivers will be sharing the same #20 MG-Lola with Chris Dyson in which they took a class victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.

De Radigues, the 2001 ALMS LMP675 champion and former motorcycling star, is delighted to return to the Dyson team's stable. De Radigues set pole and fastest lap at the Petit in the LMP675 division two years ago.

Chris Dyson heads the championship tables coming into the Petit Le Mans, the final race in the 2003 American Le Mans Series. In order to clinch the title, Dyson's #20 MG-Lola needs to complete at least seventy percent of the race distance, expected to be ten hours or 1000 miles.

Chad Block, the 25 year-old who helped the Knighthawk Racing MG-Lola EX257 claim the 2002 series team championship at last year's Petit, is fully aware of the team's championship implications. In a steady drive at Sebring, Block proved that he knows that reliability and patience are key elements. "It's awesome once again to be driving with Chris and Didier in the Dyson Racing #20 car," Block said. "With Chris leading the driver's championship it's important we bring the car home in one piece, and I'm flattered that the Dyson team feels Didier and myself can contribute to that effort. It will be a fun 10 hours and I'm looking forward to it."

Team leader Chris Dyson is looking forward to the combination being reunited. "These guys did such a fantastic job at Sebring that picking co-drivers for the Petit was a pretty easy decision," he said. "Both Didier and Chad are smooth, fast, and easy on the equipment. That's what you need in sportscar racing, and I'm really looking forward to the race."

[Pic: ALMS/Rick Dole]



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