SCC: Trois-Rivieres: Automatic Racing preview

Automatic Racing Hoping to Be at the Front Again at Trois-Rivieres TROIS-RIVIERIES, Quebec -- Smart strategy, quick pit stops and skilled driving put Automatic Racing among the front-runners during last weekend's Grand-Am Cup 200 at Barber ...

Automatic Racing Hoping to Be at the Front Again at Trois-Rivieres

TROIS-RIVIERIES, Quebec -- Smart strategy, quick pit stops and skilled driving put Automatic Racing among the front-runners during last weekend's Grand-Am Cup 200 at Barber Motorsports Park, and the team hopes to be at the front again this weekend during the Trois-Rivieres 150 at Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada.

Jep Thornton and David Russell ran as high as second overall at Barber last weekend, driving the Grand Sport No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3. Dave Riddle and Kris Wilson in the No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW M3 encountered some problems during the race, but they posted some of the quickest times during practice.

Although the final results were disappointing after contact dropped both cars out of contention for another top-ten finish, the race at Barber was a chance for the team to sort out their overhauled M3's. The No. 09 BMW of Thornton and Russell proved to be a contender for the win, and as the team heads to Trois-Rivieres they hope to be at the front once again.

"This will by my first time racing on a street course and we are very excited," said Thornton. "We'll probably be staying around Trois-Rivieres and look forward to exploring the area. We may even go to Quebec City for an evening. We're still in the top ten in the points although there is still work to do."

"Our car is a little down on power, but the M3 has great brakes, which should be an advantage at Trois-Rivieres," said Russell. "We are turning a new page, and hope to come away from this weekend with some valuable points."

The Automatic Racing drivers will get their first taste of the Trois-Rivieres street course on Friday with two rounds of practice. Thornton will qualify the No. 09 BMW and Riddle will qualify the No. 90 on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

The Trois-Rivieres 150 for the Grand Sport class begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7.

Fans can keep up with Automatic Racing online at www.AutomaticRacing.com.

Automatic Racing is sponsored by Wachovia, Automatic LLC, LandAir, Engine Studios, Rogue Engineering, Lynch Imports, Moton Shocks and Fikse Wheels.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jep Thornton , Dave Riddle , Kris Wilson , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing