BAM! Road Atlanta first test report

BAM! (British American Motorsport) completed the first track test for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR this week. BAM! put the No. 43 YES Network Porsche through its paces on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course in Braselton, Ga. on Feb. 16 and ...

BAM! (British American Motorsport) completed the first track test for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR this week. BAM! put the No. 43 YES Network Porsche through its paces on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course in Braselton, Ga. on Feb. 16 and 17.

Porsche factory driver Mike Rockenfeller was behind the wheel during the test, in preparation for his drive with BAM! in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring (Fla.) next month. Rockenfeller, of Neuwied, Germany, will join Leo Hindery of New York and Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla. for the Sebring race. The trio drove together in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta last fall.

"The car was good," Rockenfeller said. "We were faster than at the Petit, for sure, but we had different conditions and a new car. It helped me a lot to get more laps, especially in the new car, and I learned a lot from the data. Everything went smoothly; not every test goes that way, but it was good."

Baron, in his first season as BAM! co-owner (with Tim Munday of Jupiter, Fla.), credited the crew with the successful test.

"Being the first team out testing is indicative of the talent we have assembled and that was reflected in the attitude and enthusiasm of everybody there," he said. "It was great that we were able to get the car just last week from Germany, turn it around in a couple of days and get here to do the testing. We're very pleased with the new team -- the operation of the two-day test went flawlessly."

Baron said cold weather precluded major setup work on the car, but it is quick already. "The RSR is a significant advancement of the '03 car and we saw lap times that reflected that," he noted. "Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate so we couldn't really work too much on setup, so it was more familiarization with the car and the new parts on it, evaluating the base package. But we have a significant testing and development plan ahead of us."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Mike Rockenfeller