Melanie Paterson, Jason Workman and the Essex Racing team saw a successful end to the 34th Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres this weekend. The ...
Melanie Paterson, Jason Workman and the Essex Racing team saw a successful end to the 34th Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres this weekend. The #18 Imation Lola/Nissan P675 finished the 2 hour, 45 minute race in second place in LMP 675. After some electrical problems threatened their race result, the Essex Racing team worked strategically to bring the car home to a podium finish. The race was broadcast live on SPEED Channel starting at 2:30pm ET. The live race commentary was also broadcast on American Le Mans Radio Web from the American Le Mans website.
"I was extremely pleased with our result and performance today at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres," said Melanie. "The team did a good job and the car ran well considering the alternator problems."
After the morning warm-up session, it was apparent that the #18 Imation Lola/Nissan had an alternator issue and was not sufficiently recharging the on-board battery. The crew worked hard between warm-up and the race to fix the problem, however, 25 minutes into the race, the problem resurfaced.
"We thought the issue was solved, but then Jason reported a misfire," Melanie said. "From that point forward, we were running until our battery got too low, then we would pit for a replacement battery - it made for long and frequent pit stops. The strategy worked, though, and we were able to bring the car to the finish line."
At one point in her session, the car shut off while Melanie was entering pit lane and she had to be pushed to the pit stall where the battery was replaced once again. The result today was a nice return to Trois-Rivieres for Melanie and Essex who sat on the third step of the podium last year with the Lola/Nissan.
Melanie's corporate partners are technology leader Imation Canada Inc. and Cartech of San Antonio, Texas, a manufacturer of forced induction and high performance automotive components. Melanie's other corporate partners include Maraca Canada, Driving Unlimited, GeoGraphics Motorsports Graphics and Digital North Media.
The next race for the Essex Racing team is on August 17 at Melanie's home track - Mosport International Raceway, northeast of Toronto. For more information on Melanie and the American Le Mans Series, visit www.melaniepaterson.com