Racers Edge New Jersey Race Review The latest round of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series proved to be an interesting one to say the least. Upon arrival to the New Jersey Motorsports Park, many of the teams...
Racers Edge New Jersey Race Review
The latest round of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series proved to be an interesting one to say the least. Upon arrival to the New Jersey Motorsports Park, many of the teams expressed concern as the facilities were far from completion. The racing surface was paved, however the run off was all dirt and sand and would make for many interesting off track excursions for the competitors of the series throughout the weekend.
By the time the race took place, new rules were in place, dropping wheels off the racing surface would start with a warning from the series officials, and followed thereafter with drive through penalties. For Dion von Moltke and Jordan Taylor, two young drivers making their move up to the Rolex Series for the first time, getting acclimated to a new car, new team, and new circuit were enough, add to that the conditions in which they had to drive made for an uptick in nerves for the pairing. These aren't just two drivers going through the paces thankfully, but two very talented future stars of the sport, and supported by an excellent cast of crew and one of the top prepped cars in the series made for a much smoother transition given the circumstances.
The duo did a great job in elevating their game each and every time out as evidenced by a fast race lap time some 1.2 seconds faster than their test day and first official practice times in the #30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8. Dion would take the reins for Qualifying and posted a 12th best time of 1:20.511 in the Brach's/Team VOMO SA shod car. At the race start, von Moltke would begin his drive through the field, at one point reaching 7th in GT class before the newly implemented rules would start to take hold of the team. Mirachi states: "It was a great event for us, although our finishing position doesn't really show that. Both Dion and Jordan were a pleasure to work with and both were fast, clean drivers. To say I was impressed with their performance is an understatement - they really energized our entire team. I can only hope we get the opportunity to work with them again."
Pushed wide on a few occasions to allow the DP class competitors through safely would kick up a dust cloud and lead the officials to speculate an "off" had taken place. This lead to the series penalizing the young South African driver leading to two drive through penalties and going a lap down to the GT leaders before turning over to team mate Jordan Taylor. "The crazy dust penalty rules put us back a lap, but we were consistently running Top-5 times during the race, and I think we showed that this team and car could make the podium each and every time out, I only hope I'm able to be one of those to prove it!" explains Dion. Jordan would take over to drive the car home in 13th finishing position without a scratch on the car and a heightened confidence about what they as drivers bring to the table to teams like Racers Edge and others.
All was not lost on this weekend as they showed their ability time and again behind the wheel, and enjoyed the experience and has them thirsty for more GT competition. Of the weekend Taylor comments: "I think overall the weekend was a success. The final result wasn't the best; I don't think it illustrates how well everything really went. The team did a fantastic job throughout the weekend, helping me along and teaching me new things. Dion was a fantastic team mate and up to speed immediately, and the Mazda was great to drive. I think I could have been right up in the chase if we hadn't encountered the few problems that came up. I would like to thank Farley's & Sathers Candy Company and Racers Edge for making all this happen." States von Moltke, "My first Rolex race was a blast and great to work with Jordan who did a great job! Doing double duty between the Rolex GT car and my usual drive in the APR Golf GTi in Koni Challenge proved to be quite challenging, but in the end we came through very well. Jon Mirachi and his Racers Edge crew were incredible and the car was a dream to drive."