Mosport International Raceway
Robertson Racing eyes another giant-killing at Mosport
Robertson Racing travel north of the border next weekend (July 22-24) as the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron makes its annual visit to Canada for the Grand Prix of Mosport.
Despite facing a round-trip of over 2000 miles, the Braselton-based outfit will be in jovial mood ahead of the championship’s fourth race following their maiden ALMS podium finish at Lime Rock Park last weekend where driver pairing David Murry and Anthony Lazzaro were in fine form behind the wheel of the team’s #04 Ford GT.
And just like Lime Rock, Mosport’s fast ten-turn, 2.459-mile layout will demand much from the GT class drivers who must balance outright speed with traffic management in what promises to be a busy two-hours 45-minutes. Indeed, it was those attributes that proved critical to the #04 car’s podium result last time out.
On the other side of the garage, David and Andrea Robertson are hoping to bounce back from a frustrating race at Lime Rock where a mechanical gremlin curtailed their involvement just after the two-hour mark. Having enjoyed a near-faultless run over 24 hours at Le Mans last month, the team is understandably keen to return to the bulletproof reliability that has been a cornerstone of their self-developed Ford GT’s success.
The #40 machine will therefore race with a new engine in Canada while #04 has undergone substantial bodywork repairs having been hit on numerous occasions during its charge through the field last week.
Their Lime Rock podium was Robertson Racing’s second in as many international sportscar races. But with the ALMS’ GT class recognised as the most competitive of its type in world motorsport, adding to that record will be a tall order for an independent outfit up against factory-supported squads.
Team Manager Andrew ‘H’ Smith: “We’re coming off the back of a couple of good results and ideally we’d like to maintain that run. The team has certainly moved closer to the ultimate pace this season but remain fully aware just how tough it is to beat the factory cars without a little bit of luck. At least we’re now in a position to pick up the pieces should anything happen, and there’s no reason to suspect that won’t be the case this weekend. In fact, it’s encouraging that Mosport’s longer, faster characteristics should suit the Ford better than Lime Rock’s where we were able to run at the sharp end on merit. With the BMWs and Porsches both being pegged back I’m optimistic that our pro line-up could once again spring a surprise.”
By: robertson racing