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RML AD Group Unveils 2011 Plans

Just a week after collecting the Team and Driver LMP2 trophies for the 2010 Le Mans Series, RML AD Group is pleased to confirm the team’s intention to defend these titles in 2011 with an HPD ARX-01d chassis, powered by the new HPD 2.8 litre twin turbo V6. In addition, the team is delighted to confirm that the driver-line up for the new season remains unchanged, with Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos joined for the full season by Ben Collins.

The team will be contesting this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours with the same car and driver package, and believes this combination offers RML AD Group the best possible platform for retaining the Le Mans Series titles and regaining LMP2 honours at Le Mans.

Ben Collins. RML AD Group driver 2011. Photo: Marcus Potts / CMCBen Collins Returns

Ben Collins, the former BBC Top Gear’s Stig, joined RML AD Group in 2010 for the final three races of the season, and shared in the squad’s run to victory in Round 3 of the Le Mans Series in the Algarve.

“I’m delighted to be returning to RML AD Group for a second season, and it means a lot to me personally to be driving with Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos,” said Ben “Racing in the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours with RML, and in the stunning HPD ARX, will be a defining moment in my career. We saw how good the HPD was last season in the hands of our competitors, and it was a credit to RML that we beat them to the title. Honda Performance Development has a stellar racing spirit and I’m sure the new V6 turbo engine will be as fast and reliable as anything else out there. The 24-hour race tests everyone’s resolve to the limit and I believe the team has the right partner. I just can’t wait to whistle along Mulsanne and feel the breeze, bugs, rain and everything else that Le Mans throws at you in an open-top car.”

“Ben achieved exceptional things with very limited track time last season,” comments Mike Newton. “He is a great addition to the team, and we are delighted to have him back with us for the full campaign, and to build on what was achieved last year.”

“Ben fits into the team exceptionally well,” suggests Tommy Erdos. “It was about time he hung up that white suit and got back to his racing career. He has proven his worth in several different disciplines and is an unquestioned winner. He did a great job for RML last year and it is just reward that he now joins us for the full season in 2011. He’s a top class driver and I’m looking forward to working with him again this year.”

RML AD Group selects HPD chassis/engine package for 2011

Please see separate news item here

The AD Group Perspective

“We are delighted that Ben will be joining the long-standing driver team of Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos. Ben's performance, when he joined us in the latter half of the 2010 season, established him in our eyes as a highly skilled driver with great potential. His contribution helped RML AD Group to the trophy, and we hope to repeat that in 2011.”

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Please note - the photo-realistic visualisation of the RML AD Group HPD ARX-01d is not necessarily an accurate representation of how the car may appear on track.

About RML
The RML Group comprises six divisions; Motorsport, Automotive, Engines, Historic, Events and X-Pro. Based in Northamptonshire, England the company’s 4,300 square metre facility includes design, development, manufacturing and operational support for international race/rally programmes and automotive engineering projects including performance engine development.

Since its formation in 1984 RML has achieved success in a diverse range of motorsport categories including GT/sportscars, touring cars, rally cars, single seaters and oval speedway cars. RML currently holds the LMP2 team and drivers titles in the Le Mans Series with Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos. RML also secured the 2010 British Touring Car Championship drivers title with Chevrolet and Jason Plato and the World Touring Car Championship manufacturers and drivers titles with Chevrolet and Yvan Muller.

More information on RML is available at
RML Contact: Rupert Manwaring, Sponsorship & Marketing Director
Telephone: +44 (0)1933 402440

About AD Group
Global Video Specialist, AD Group with its 30,000ft headquarters in Warrington, England, was established in 1997, its primary objective being to create and bring to market leading edge CCTV solutions. The pioneering nature of the Group’s products, with the emphasis very much on R&D, has undoubtedly been a critical element in AD’s success to date. The principal shareholder of AD is Mike Newton who founded UK CCTV giant Dedicated Micros in 1982 which ranks No1 globally for multi channel digital video recorders.

In 2001 Dedicated Micros became an integral part of AD Group. Since that time all AD companies have been able to take advantage of a shared technology and development base, with all products designed and manufactured in-house at facilities in Malta, UK and USA - offering security specifiers, integrators and users the potential for flexible, seamlessly integrated CCTV solutions on the ground, in the air and on the move. AD Group Companies worldwide include: AD Aerospace, AD Aviation, AD Mobile, AD Network Video, ChipWrights, Dedicated Micros, D-Tec, ISD, RemGuard and TSS.

More information on AD Group is available at
AD Group: Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing. Telephone: +44 (0)1928 706 449

About Ben Collins
Ben has recently launched a new website: Ben Collins

Team News - Le Mans Series
Ben Collins rejoins RML AD Group for 2011

Issued January 14th 2011

RML AD Group HPD ARX-01d 2011. Photo-realistic image by Marcus Potts / CMC



RML AD Group, Autosport International, January 14th 2011. Photo: marcus Potts / CMC



RML AD Group, Autosport International, January 14th 2011. Photo: marcus Potts / CMC





















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