Former international GT racer Geoff Lister has ended a six-year sabbatical from racing to return with a Lola T210 in World Sportscar Masters races this season.
Lister had his first race in the 2-litre Lola in the spectacular evening race at the Silverstone Classic in July and hopes to race at Spa in late September in the final WSM race of the season.
"I'd been hankering after doing something and I bought the Lola two years ago," said Lister after giving the car its first proper run during qualifying at Silverstone. "I last raced in a Saleen GT car six years ago," said Lister, who took a break from the sport after a major accident in the Saleen during a British GT race at Castle Combe.
Before racing at Silverstone, Lister tackled Classic Le Mans in the 'chocolate drop' Chevron B26 owned by John Ruston, but will now concentrate on the Lola, which was raced by Terry Croker when new in 1970. Lister acquired the car from Sweden, where it has been for many years and it is thought to have been un-raced for over 20 years. It has probably done less than 30 races since it was first built.
Following a rebuild by marque expert Chris Fox, with assistance from Bob Houghton, the Lola is now immaculate again and is a fine addition to the WSM grid in Lister's experienced hands.