HIGHCROFT RACING FIGHTS BACK TO FINISH SIXTH IN CLASS AT ACURA SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE TEAM MAINTAINS THIRD IN THE LMP2 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP Lady Fortune must have missed the exit off of Ohio Interstate 71 because she certainly wasn't riding...
HIGHCROFT RACING FIGHTS BACK TO FINISH SIXTH IN CLASS AT ACURA SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE
TEAM MAINTAINS THIRD IN THE LMP2 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Lady Fortune must have missed the exit off of Ohio Interstate 71 because she certainly wasn't riding in Highcroft's ARX-01a this weekend at Mid-Ohio. A series of unfortunate events beyond Highcroft's control, beginning with Friday's practice session when the car was T-boned by the #61 Risi Ferrari and culminating with a mechanical black flag for an unsubstantiated oil leak in today's race, put the team and its drivers behind the eight ball.
Today's race started off with a bang for Stefan Johansson, who, from sixth on the grid, had a killer start when he was suddenly hit from behind by Dindo Capello in the #1 Audi. "I don't know what happened." said Johansson. "As far as my start was concerned, I got a great run on the outside. I got down to the bottom of turn seven, tried to turn right and the car just turned left. I thought something had broken on the car - I had no idea what Dindo was thinking. There was clearly no chance to get past. Thankfully, nothing happened to the car - it was driving fine afterwards. Then they called us in because of an apparent oil leak. I think it was a bit harsh to be called in."
David Brabham, who took the wheel about an hour and a half into the race, started off in ninth position where he got off to a strong start and passed the front-running Porsche. Said Brabham "this type of racing and track always opens the door for close action. The result is disappointing but we demonstrated how fast the car was. Obviously we got delayed at the start with Stefan and Dindo getting tangled up, then we got pulled in for a bogus oil leak and that call completely killed our race. It's a shame, really, because we had a very strong car. Though we struggled slightly throughout the practice days, the crew came up with a great race set up, as they always do" Brabham never gave up the fight to gain position and pulled up to eighth position overall, and sixth in class, where he finished the race. Highcroft finished in the middle of the Acura trio, behind Lowe's Fernandez in third overall and ahead of AGR in tenth overall.
Team owner Duncan Dayton, though not overjoyed with the outcome, pointed out that the team "fought back hard. David drove some incredible laps and we had sound race strategy. As a result, we got back on the same lap as the two Dyson cars. That was a great effort on both his part and that of the guys. Congratulations to Lowe's Fernandez for a great 3rd place finish and for being the first Acura home."