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Martin Birrane

1935-08-19 - 2018-06-09 (age 82)

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Lola Heritage division and Chevron look towards the future

Any Lola customers out there wondering if you can hit the track again, and still find the parts if something fails, you are in luck as Chevron and Lola partner to ensure support for classic cars moving forward.

Iconic Lola name will continue in motorsports

On December 14th, Lola Group Holdings reached an agreement with Multimatic Engineering, and Carl A. Haas Automobile Imports, Inc. The partnership will allow the Lola brand to continue chasing for championships.

Level 5 Motorsports announces 2011 plans

Level 5 Motorsports to Field Two LMP2 Entries in 2011 ALMS; Move Elevates Team to Elite Level in Sportscar competition Level 5 Motorsports owner / driver Scott Tucker announced today that his American Le Mans Series LMPC Championship-winning team ...

Toyota Motorsport GmbH to supply Rebellion Racing

REBELLION RACING AND TOYOTA MOTORSPORT GmbH CONFIRM LMP1 ENGINE SUPPLY PARTNERSHIP LAUSANNE, Switzerland & COLOGNE, Germany - REBELLION Racing and Toyota Motorsport GmbH are pleased to confirm their plans for a Le Mans Prototype LMP1 engine supply ...

Rebellion Racing statement on Toyota engine deal

REBELLION RACING - TOYOTA MOTORSPORT PARTNERSHIP IN 2011 REBELLION Racing and Toyota Motorsport GmbH are pleased to confirm their plans for a Le Mans Prototype LMP1 engine supply partnership. The agreement will see two REBELLION Racing Lola LMP1 ...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Piranha clubbing

Ingram's Flat Spot On Piranha Clubbing by Jonathan Ingram There's a downside to the more democratic version of the Formula One World Championship, the one where any aspiring team can join if it meets the FIA's criteria. Although the autocracy is ...

Lola not applying for 2011 F1 team entry

Lola on Thursday became another prospective F1 team to rule out applying for the final spot on the 2011 grid. The British racing car company applied to race this season, and went to some lengths to design a Grand Prix single seater, but was ...

Lola unveils 2012 design concepts

RACING STYLE AND SUBSTANCE Lola USA today reveals: Delivering advanced technology and capturing the legendary IndyCar spirit with practical affordability, Lola USA today announce additional detail and present the first images of the proposed Lola ...

Series spotlight - Chris Dyson 2009-12-16

CHRIS DYSON: A DRIVEN MAN Chris Dyson is a very driven man. Both in and out the cockpit, Dyson exudes passion and professionalism in his unique position as head of Dyson Racing and as one of its drivers in the No. 20 BP Lola-Mazda. Flat out, even ...

Lola did not join N.Technology/FIA action

Fellow rejected 2010 F1 team entrant Lola has revealed it did not support N.Technology's legal action against the governing FIA. Italian entrant N.Technology recently lost its court action against the FIA's selection processes, amid wider ...

'Formula GP3': Who are they?

During the Monaco Grand Prix, Luca di Montezemolo denigrated the new applicants for the 2010 Formula One season, saying that the series should be called 'Formula GP3'. This article takes a brief look at each of the new teams known to have lodged ...

Catalunya: Lola race report

LOLA TAKE HISTORIC DOUBLE VICTORY AT BARCELONA SIX PODIUM VISITS IN TWO RACES FOR LOLA TEAMS! Lola took an historic double class win at Barcelona over the weekend. The Lola-Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke/Jan Charouz and Tomas Enge took ...

Lola to build LMP1 for Aston Martin

LOLA LMP1 CHOSEN BY ASTON MARTIN FOR 2009 SPORTSCAR PROGRAMME LOLA MOST POPULAR SPORTSCAR IN ENDURANCE RACING Lola will supply LMP1 sportscars to Aston Martin Racing for the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Series. The Huntingdon designed and ...

Robin Brundle announced as Lola Cars MD

Robin Brundle announced as Managing Director of Lola Cars International Limited Lola Group Executive Chairman, Martin Birrane, has today announced the appointment of Robin Brundle as Managing Director of Lola Cars International, the Huntingdon ...

Lola celebrates 50th Anniversary

Thousands of fans pay tribute to Lola's Golden Anniversary On Sunday 12 October, an estimated 10,000 spectators packed the streets of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire to support Lola Cars landmark 50th Anniversary parade of racing cars. The impressive ...

Team Malaysia stars in Lola 50th anniversary celebrations

A1 Team Malaysia joined a cavalcade of Lola racing cars to mark the company's 50th anniversary on Sunday, with the team's original A1GP car taking part in a parade on the streets of Huntingdon, the Cambridgeshire town which is home to the leading ...

HRH The Duke of York visits Charouz Racing System

LMS: His Royal Highness The Duke of York taking a look at the Charouz Racing System prototype A prototype LMP1 powered by Aston Martin of the Charouz Racing System caught an eye of Prince Andrew, His Royal Highness The Duke of York. The meeting ...

Team Malaysia meets HRH The Duke of York

A1 Team Malaysia had a royal appointment yesterday when the team's original A1GP car and driver Fairuz Fauzy were presented to His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, of the British Royal Family. This prestigious occasion was part of the 50th ...

Lola 50th Anniversary parade in Huntingdon

A GOLDEN PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS OF HUNTINGDON On Sunday 12 October, Huntingdon will be set for a taste of Monte Carlo-style action when a symbolic parade of racing cars takes to the streets of the Cambridgeshire town. The parade will be a ...

RML & AD Group confirm MG Lola Coupe for Silverstone

RML & AD Group Upgrade to LMP2 Lola Coupe RML and AD Group will contest the final round of this year's Le Mans Series with a comprehensive upgrade of the MG Lola EX265 LMP2 sports prototype. In collaboration with Lola Cars of Huntingdon, the team ...

Lola Goodwood Festival of Speed summary

Goodwood provides spectacular setting to celebrate Lola's 50 Golden Years in Motorsport Heroes of the racetrack paid tribute to Lola at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed (11-13 July). Attended by over 100,000 spectators, Damon Hill, John ...

Lola race report

A landmark occasion for Lola Cars at the Le Mans 24 Hours Charouz Racing System Lola-Aston Martin finishes 9th overall Lola LMP2 Quifel-ASM Team finish class in 4th position The 76th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours (14 / 15 June) ...

Lola celebrates '50' with a record 24H entry

Lola, a true success story, celebrates 50 years in motorsports this year, and the highlight of the year must be Le Mans 24 Hours, where the UK firm has no less than seven cars this year, challenging in both the LM P1 and LM P2 classes. ...

Martin Birrane awarded 'Spirit of Le Mans' trophy

Martin Birrane, Executive Chairman of Lola awarded with the prestigious 'Spirit of Le Mans' trophy Huntingdon based marque also celebrates qualifying success as highest placed petrol powered LMP1 car On Thursday 12 June, Lola Cars were honoured ...

Lola to stage tribute to racing driver David Leslie

Lola to stage a fitting tribute at 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours to David Leslie As part of Lola Cars 50th anniversary activities at the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Huntingdon-based marque will be staging a fitting tribute to the late sports car driver ...

Lola recreates one minute lap at Brands Hatch

2008 LOLA TURNS BACK THE CLOCK TO RECREATE HISTORY AT BRANDS HATCH To help mark Lola Car's golden anniversary, an important part of the marque's history was recreated at Brands Hatch on Saturday 24 March 2008, when the first Lola ever produced ...

Mondello Park Formula 500 historic race preview

Mondello Celebrates Forty Years with Historic Single Seater Race Mondello Park will reverberate once again to the fantastic rumble of Formula 5000 cars as part of its fortieth anniversary celebrations this weekend (May 17th & 18th). The invitation ...

Lola's golden celebration in UK

LOLA'S GOLDEN CELEBRATION ON STREETS OF HUNTINGDON Lola announce plans to celebrate 50 winning years with town centre parade Marking the Golden Anniversary of Britain's most prolific manufacturer of racing cars, Lola has today announced exciting ...

Catalunya: Lola weekend summary

ALL-NEW LOLA COUPES STUN SPORTSCAR WORLD AT BARCELONA The new Lola LMP Coupes made stunning debuts at the Barcelona Le Mans Series race on Sunday with each of the Huntingdon built LMP cars securing podium positions. The Charouz Racing System ...

Lola celebrate 50 golden years in motorsport

LOLA TO CELEBRATE 50 GOLDEN YEARS IN MOTORSPORT In 2008 Lola Cars celebrates a memorable 50 years in motorsport, standing proud as Great Britain's longest-serving manufacturer of racing cars. Established in 1958 by Eric Broadley MBE, Lola ...

Lola unveils LMP Coupe and 2008 plans

LOLA LMP COUPE PLANS UNVEILED New designs to take on the world at Le Mans Lola Cars International Ltd today announces the addition of the latest generation of LMP Coupe to its vast ancestry of world-beating sportscars. Lola also releases the first ...

Krohn Racing, Proto-Lola test notes 2007-12-13

Proto-Auto Commences Lola Testing for 2008 Season Proto-Auto completed the first Lola Daytona Prototype chassis test for the customer Krohn Racing this week. Representatives from Proto-Auto, Lola Cars and Krohn Racing conducted initial testing ...

Lola Cars Silverstone Classic review

Lola victory marks a Silverstone Classic Lola celebrated a spectacular victory in the Denny Hulme Silverstone Endurance Trophy race for the Hagerty World Sportscar Masters, on the Saturday evening of the Silverstone Classic (28 July). What made the ...

Silverstone Classic preview

SILVERSTONE CLASSIC GEARING UP FOR THE WEEKEND The minutes are counting down to this weekend's Silverstone Classic, in association with Bonhams. A stunning entry of cars and motorcycles has been received for the racing, which is packed into ...

Lola Cars Silverstone Classic preview

LOLA AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC Golden wonders line up at the Silverstone Classic An impressive field of 14 Lola sports cars will take centre stage at this year's prestigious Silverstone Classic (27 -- 29 July). The golden wonders from Lola ...

Lola Goodwood Festival of Speed notes

Winning run for Lola at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sir Jackie Stewart reunited with Al Unser Snr On Sunday 24th June, icon of British motorsport, 3 times World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart teamed up with US legend Al Unser Snr, as part of ...

Lola awarded 2004 MIA Business award

Lola Cars International Ltd were recognised as the 2004 Business of the Year at the annual Motorsport Industry Association awards held at the Autosport International Racing Car Show last Thursday. Leading figures from the UK Motorsport Industry ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: 2004 Champ Car Awards Banquet report

Sebastien Bourdais Leads Hardware Parade at 2004 Champ Car Awards Banquet MEXICO CITY (November 9, 2004) -- Newman/Haas Racing's Sebastien Bourdais ( ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Lola race report

A Day of Records For Lola Cars and its Drivers Junqueira earns first 2004 victory and Lola's 150th to tighten point chase This season's Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford has been difficult for championship contender ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola takes second straight title

Lola celebrates repeat CART Championship Chassis clients take nine of top ten slots Lola Cars is delighted to claim its second consecutive Constructors' Championship in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: 2003 Banquet report

INDIANAPOLIS (November 5, 2003) -- With seven victories, six pole positions, and a series-high 658 laps led in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, 13-year Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy ( ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: Lola race report

Bourdais breaks through Rookie earns London Champ Car Trophy In only his fourth Champ Car race, French rookie Sebastien Bourdais broke through to win the London Champ Car Trophy in a fuel conservation contest at the historic 1.192-mile Brands ...

Lola Cars set for another action packed season

Lola Cars International Ltd goes in to it's eighth consecutive season as sole chassis supplier to the International Formula 3000 Championship in 2003 with yet another wave of fresh, talented and exciting young racing driversvying for seats in the ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: FNIPPON: Lola Cars scoop prestigious award

Lola Cars were honoured at the annual MIA awards dinner last Thursday evening when it was announced that the company were the winners of the 2003 Export Achievement Award. A 600 strong audience was in attendance to see chairman Martin Birrane accept ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola Cars to build ten more chassis

Ten more chassis for Champ Car market. Lola Cars International Ltd today announced that they are to build ten new Champ Car chassis for the 2003 season. With the recent announcement that Ford and Bridgestone have agreed a substantial promotional ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Rupert Manwaring appointed Lola Managing Director

Lola Cars International Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Rupert Manwaring as the company's new Managing Director. Manwaring, 46, has a wealth of motorsport experience, having worked in management for some of Formula One's most famous ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola continues strong pressence in 2003

HUNTINGTON, England (December 2, 2002) - When last week's CART 2002 Awards Banquet provided another key sponsorship announcement for the 2003 season as Ford threw its marketing might behind the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola contar? con la experiencia de Rupert Manwaring

Huntington, Inglaterra (2 de diciembre, 2002) - Cuando la semana pasada en el marco del banquete de premiación de CART se hizo otro anuncio clave de patrocinio para la temporada 2003 y Ford lanzó su plan de mercadeo como parte del "Campeonato de ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola Cars celebra su T?tulo de Constructores

Indianápolis (Indiana, Estados Unidos) 11 de octubre, 2002. Tras quebrar una racha de siete campeonatos de Constructores consecutivos de la marca Reynard Motorsports, Lola Cars celebró su primer título de la Serie CART FedEx cuando el brasileño ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola Cars celebrates Constructors Title

As Cristiano da Matta took the checkered flags at Sunday's Grand Prix Americas driving his ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola celebrates constructor's championship

INDIANAPOLIS (October 10, 2002) - Breaking a string of seven consecutive CART Constructor's Championships by Reynard Motorsport, Lola Cars celebrated its first CART title this weekend, joining the celebration with long-time partner Newman/Haas ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Lola Cars Friday qualifying report

Lola sweeps top three in Montreal qualifying; firm will consolidate Huntingdon works. CART's first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre Dame in Montreal produced familiar results in provisional qualifying. Driving a lap of ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola - more management changes 2002-07-26

Birrane sets new management structure at Lola Cars International Ltd. With the resignation of David Bowes, who has held the post of Managing Director at Lola Cars for the past four years, Chairman Martin Birrane moved to put in place ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Howard Dawson named Lola interim Chief Executive

Howard Dawson has been appointed interim Chief Executive of the Lola group of companies with immediate effect, taking over from David Bowes who is resigning from the company as at the end of August to take up another role. A replacementwill be ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: 2002 chassis "grandfathered" for 2003 season

DETROIT (May 15, 2002) - In a move aimed to reduce costs and maintain safety standards, Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (CART) today announced that all chassis being used in the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series will also be eligible for use ...