gearbox gremlin BAM! (British American Motorsport) will start seventh on the GT grid for the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday. Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche...
BAM! (British American Motorsport) will start seventh on the GT grid for the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday. Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in one minute 19.634 seconds on the 2.459-mile road course. He and Leo Hindery, Jr. were handicapped by missing the morning practice session due to a transmission problem.
"We missed the first session so we're not 100 per cent prepared yet," Maassen said. "The car is getting better and better, but we're missing some time to get the right setup. Now we have to guess a little bit. That's what we did just to make up the time that we lost in the morning. We guessed right, but not 100 per cent."
BAM! is committed to being the most fan-friendly team in the ALMS paddock. The drivers and crew will distribute thousands of t-shirts to young fans this season and will give many children their first chance to sit in a race car. Leo Hindery, Jr. and Sascha Maassen stayed long after the Mosport autograph session ended so they could meet the waiting fans.
"The fans were spectacular and once again showed that this is one of the best places to race in North America. There are fans in every treetop and on every hillside," Hindery said. "I'm disappointed we didn't get the morning session because we're close, but not close enough. But it was a fun day - we gave out more t-shirts than we've ever given out, we saw more kids than we've ever seen. We look forward to tomorrow."
Michelin engineers recommend tires for their teams based on several factors. At Mosport, the track surface is a key element, as are changing weather conditions that can play havoc with tire strategy.
"We have one less tire solution here than we had at [the last race in] Portland. We're just looking at soft and medium compounds," Jerry Rinaldo, Michelin ALMS operations manager, explained. "The reason for that is the abrasiveness of this track - although it looks smooth, if you look closely it has pieces like marbles that scrub the tires.
"We did some testing here earlier this week when the temperatures were a lot higher. We tried our soft solution; it didn't wear badly but the tires gave up after about 40 laps. We put on our medium solution, and we got our normal 50 to 60 laps out of it and it still remained constant. We have some issues because the weather changed, so now we have to do some readjusting of tire pressures and rethink maybe a soft [compound] in one position."