HALLIDAY RETAINS LEAD IN ALMS LMP2 DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FIVE PODIUMS IN AS MANY RACES Californian 'dual-sportswoman', Liz Halliday - a racing driver and international equestrian in three-day eventing - finished second in class in Sunday's...
HALLIDAY RETAINS LEAD IN ALMS LMP2 DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FIVE PODIUMS IN AS MANY RACES
Californian 'dual-sportswoman', Liz Halliday - a racing driver and international equestrian in three-day eventing - finished second in class in Sunday's fifth round of the 2006 American Le Mans Series, held at the brand new Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The ten-round series was making its first visit to the impressive new venue and the extremely long, fast and flowing track appeared to delight both fans and competitors alike--
"Wow, what a facility!" said Halliday when commenting on the host venue, "Larry Miller has really done a great job to create a superb track and venue, and I'm sure it will only get better over the years. I certainly found the track very challenging though, and with twenty-four turns and not many features, along with the lowered grip from the sand that was blowing onto the track, it was one of the toughest I have driven - but a great challenge nonetheless."
Halliday and her team mate, Clint Field, started the 2h45min race from eighth position overall and third in class. As has now become the norm, Halliday took the start and completed a trouble-free opening stint, despite struggling slightly with the new circuit. After fifty-four minutes she handed over to team mate Clint who drove for one hour before handing back to Liz for her final run to the flag.
A fairly quiet and incident-free race for the duo suddenly perked up when their main rivals, the Porsche factory team, had a problem with one of their cars as it stopped on the track with terminal throttle problems with less than half an hour to go.
Having been running third in class, Halliday and Field promptly inherited second position and a vital clutch of championship points to retain their slender lead in the LMP2 drivers' standings by just one point.
Liz Halliday said after the race: "My first stint in the race was difficult but I kept going and made sure I stayed out of trouble. Clint then took over and kept up a good pace, staying as close to the Porsches as possible-- which, yet again, had incredible pace. When I took over the car later on for my second stint, I found it far more comfortable and enjoyed the push to the flag. Given our 'David vs. Goliath' situation at the moment I'll gladly take today's result even if it was a bit lucky -- The team did a great job to give us a very reliable car, and it just goes to show that in sportscar racing sometimes staying out of trouble and doing consistent laps can go a long way!"
The ALMS now heads to the Portland International Raceway for round six of the series on July 22. The race starts at 18:00PST and will last for 2h45m.