Long Beach: Robertson Racing race report

Robertson Racing clinches top-ten finish in Long Beach GP 19/04/2010 - Robertson Racing followed up a solid performance at the American Le Mans Series season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring last month with another top-ten GT class finish in the ...

Robertson Racing clinches top-ten finish in Long Beach GP

19/04/2010 - Robertson Racing followed up a solid performance at the American Le Mans Series season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring last month with another top-ten GT class finish in the prestigious Long Beach Grand Prix in California on Saturday.

Drivers David Robertson and David Murry shared the Atlanta-based team's Ford GT in the one hour 40 minute race and, in what was an incident-packed event, drove error-free at the difficult street circuit, while the car enjoyed bullet-proof reliability once more. The pair even enjoyed a morale-boosting stint leading the hugely-competitive GT class during the pit stop period.

Despite a frustrating qualifying period which saw the team down in 11th on the grid, Murry made a strong start to the race and was involved in the midst of a furious battle in the bottom half of the top ten during the early stages.

A couple of Safety Car periods kept the field close and Murry's period in the lead came during the second, longer caution period as the American headed the works Corvettes and BMWs as well as the Ferrari and Porsche teams, before diving into the pits to hand over to Robertson with 35 minutes of the race remaining. Robertson rejoined inside the top ten and drove faultlessly throughout his stint to bring the car home in tenth position.

Andrew "H" Smith, Team Manager: "We're pretty pleased because Long Beach is a difficult race and to have raced clean without any problems at all is a result in itself here! We're particularly happy that both drivers lapped faster than they did here last season and that shows that our hard work is paying off and that we've improved the car considerably during the off-season.

"There was a lot going on during the race with carnage all around and debris on the track. Our strategy was always to run David Murry for just over an hour so we just waited for the pit road to clear during the longer Safety Car period and it was good for the team to be out front for a few laps in what is the toughest class on the grid."

The team will now head to Salt Lake City for a Dunlop tire test and will then return to base in Atlanta before flying back out to California for round 3 of the ALMS at Laguna Seca on 22 May.

-source: robertson racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Murry , David Robertson