Article appearing in the November 19, 2008 edition of Auto Action Magazine.
"The 2008 IMSA Lites L2 champion Tom Drewer tested for Comprent Motorsport at Road Atlanta on November 6 in the category's top-tier L1 class aboard a 2.3-litre Mazda-powered Elan DP-02..."
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South Australian Tom Drewer looks likely to drive in IMSA Lites 1 Championship next year after a successful test with championship winning team Comprent Motorsport at the Road Atlanta circuit.
Article appearing in the November 18 edition of Motorsport News.
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Article appearing in Adelaide's The Advertiser Newspaper on Saturday, November 15, 2008.
Adelaide racing driver Tom Drewer, the newly-crowned 2008 USA IMSA Lites 2 Champion, has tested with L1 championship winning team Comprent Motorsport at the Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia.
Less than 12 months old, the car used by Australian Tom Drewer to dominate 2008 IMSA Lites 2 Championship, winning 10 out of 12 races, can be yours.
2nd outright at Miller Motorsport Park, Utah. Currently holds IMSA lap records at Sebring, Utah, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca.
Factory prepared all year by WEST Race Cars. No time or expense spared on preparation.
Comes complete with over $21,000 worth of extras including 3 sets of wheels, full set of springs, and jacks.
If you want to WIN IMSA LITES this is the one and it’s ready to race!
* Chassis #75. Factory built Tunnel floor car, January ‘08.
* 2007 ZX10R IMSA sealed engine (New January ‘08, only 3 meetings since mid-season refresh).
* AIM Dash/Data system with extra steering and brake sensors.
($1,995 + $387 new)
* ProShift PS2 shift system with no lift up-shift, AND auto down-blip.
* Titanium ProShift paddles and quick release steering wheel.
* PVM/West Dry Sump.
* Centerlock Jongbloed wheels (3 Sets. 2 Sets new January ’08).
* Updated, upgraded lower rear Tunnel Aero wishbones.
* Schroth 6-way HANS belts.
* Fin Antenna and wired for radios
* AMB hard-wired timing beacon
* Carbon fiber wheel louvers
* Carbon fiber dive planes
* Near immaculate bodywork.
* Anodised red front toe hooks.
* Fresh brake rotors.
(Only 2 meetings old)
* Spare Pingle shift system wired to be completely plug and play.
* Full range of springs; 800s, 900s, 1000s, 1100s, 1200s, 1300s and 1400s (All new this year).
* A few other spares including rear and front sprockets.
* Front and rear quick-lift jacks.
* Meticulously maintained, everything double checked and triple checked.
* SCCA Logbooked for DSR.
CONTACT: Eric Vassian, West Race Cars. Phone +1 404 376 8282
Driver instruction from Tom Drewer also available.
2008 USA IMSA Lites 2 Champion Tom Drewer has tested with Championship winning team Comprent Motorsport at the Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia, USA.
Drewer, who dominated the L2 Championship in his first year of competition in North America; qualifying on pole-position for every round, winning 10 from 12 races including his first in both America and Canada and setting 5 new track lap records; was invited by Comprent Motorsport to test the 2.3 litre Mazda powered Élan DP-02 Lites 1 car driven to victory this year by American Jonathan Goring.
Following the test team owner Kevin Kloepfer said:
“I have watched Tom all year. He had an unbelievable rookie season, especially as he was turning up to virtually every circuit without ever even seeing them before the race weekend. From his performances this year and today I am convinced we can repeat our Championship winning performance next year with Tom at the wheel.“
Drewer drove Comprent’s number 14 machine, completing four short sessions in heavy traffic during open practice for the SCCA American Road Race of Champions.
“This year has been a year of firsts and today is yet another one. I was delighted to be asked by Kevin to test their Championship winning car. We have been watching and congratulating each other all year, and I have developed the upmost respect for Kevin, Comprent and Jonathan, and what they have achieved.
I was very interested to see what the Élan L1 would be like compared to my Championship winning Daily Planet WEST WR1000. The Élan DP-02 is a bigger car and has a real presence on the race track. Like the WEST it is an enjoyable car to drive, but it does have quite a different feel and dynamic though, because it’s wider, heavier and has more power and torque.
The most noticeable difference was the gearbox. My WEST uses a ProShift electronic paddle gearshift system. On the downshift I was required to dip the clutch and blip the throttle and therefore had to right foot brake. However, the Élan uses a sequential Hewland gearbox with a traditional gearshift lever, and requires left foot braking. So I had to re-calibrate my brain and left foot.
Today was about acclimatising myself with the controls and unfortunately I never got a clear lap. I had to be very conservative with a mix of cars on the circuit, but it was a great first introduction to the Élan.”
Despite the heavy traffic Drewer impressed Comprent’s chief engineer Terry Jinks, with his individual split times and speed. Drewer ended the day with a time of 1:22.5.
“It was a day of very trying conditions out there, but Tom immediately showed speed as he set about familiarising himself with the Élan DP02. His lap times dramatically tumbled throughout the four short sessions. I was impressed with his quick adaptation to left foot braking, his consistency and feedback. He showed both the raw speed and the level of maturity it takes to win Championships, just as he has done throughout this year.’
Asked whether this indicates his direction for next year, Drewer remained coy.
“I have not decided my path for next year, but I think progressing to Lites L1 is certainly a possibility.
It would be a logical step and I have certainly enjoyed racing in the IMSA Lites Series this year. It’s a very competitive series and being associated with the American Le Mans Series it provides a great stepping-stone to Le Mans prototypes.
I really want to thank Kevin, Terry Jinks and Brandon White from Comprent for the opportunity today. I was totally impressed by Comprent and it would be fantastic to drive for them. We certainly share the same values in preparation, the desire, and the commitment to win. However, I have been presented with a few other opportunities in different categories for 2009 so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Drewer also shares some racing history with Comprent owner Kevin Kloepfer. Like Kevin, Drewer made his racing car debut in a Formula Vee.
The legendary Athens, Georgia based Comprent Motor Sports team has enjoyed countless successes in both open-wheel and sports car events since its inception in 1988 to the present day including taking both the 2008 IMSA Lites L1 Team and Driver’s Championships. Comprent Motor Sports is also affiliated with the Élan Motorsports Technologies as the IMSA Lites customer service representative.
Article appearing in Australia's Auto Action magazine, November 4, 2008.
Tom Drewer completed his debut season in the United States with two dominant class wins in the 2008 IMSA Lites Championship L2 Class at Laguna Seca on October 17-19.