Automatic Racing Earns Two Top-Ten Finishes at Trois-Rivieres TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec--Automatic Racing came away from the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with two top-ten finishes, wrapping up a very successful run of two back-to-back Grand-Am...
Automatic Racing Earns Two Top-Ten Finishes at Trois-Rivieres
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec--Automatic Racing came away from the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with two top-ten finishes, wrapping up a very successful run of two back-to-back Grand-Am Cup races.
David Russell and Ken Dobson drove the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 to a finish of eighth, after starting 14th on the grid in Sunday's 150-mile Grand Sport class race.
"For us, it was a victory," commented Russell. "The car was well-balanced and handled great, but we just didn't have the speed here. We had super strategy and a solid pit stop, and combined with being as consistent as we could we were able to break into the top ten."
Russell also credits Performance Friction Brakes for his and Dobson's finish. "Our brake package was by far what really gave us the advantage," he said. "Our brakes were super, and Performance Friction Brakes has really helped us develop the right package for Trois-Rivieres."
Automatic Racing's Jeff Segal qualified the No. 90 BMW M3 tenth. >From there, he and co-driver Matt Plumb raced to a finish of ninth, just behind their teammates in the No. 09 car.
"Our car is usually competitive right out of the box," said Segal. "The car felt good but we weren't seeing it on the time sheets, so qualifying 10th was good, considering the circumstances. It was probably the best qualifying lap I've put in this year. The whole idea in the race was to keep clean during my stint and then hand the car over to my co-driver in good shape. I expected to pit early, but we had a caution period almost immediately, then an hour of green-flag racing before I pitted."
Emil Assentato and local hotshoe LP Dumoulin were keeping pace in the No. 91 Automatic Racing BMW M3, as were Dave Riddle and Kris Wilson in the No. 99 M3. In fact, Riddle qualified 16th for the race, one of his best grid positions in his young career.
Unfortunately, the layout and rough racing surface of the Trois-Rivieres street course caused unforeseen mechanical problems in both cars, ending their hopes of top finishes.
Automatic Racing will have less than a month of downtime before heading to the new Miller Motorsports Park in Utah for the penultimate round of the Grand-Am Cup season from August 31-September 1.