VIR: Starworks Motorsport preview

STARWORKS MOTORSPORT HEADS TO VIRGINIA Following a great result at Barber Motorsports Park where one of the team's cars co-driven by Dalziel and Forest finished third, Starworks Motorsport team heads to Virginia International Raceway, Virginia,...

STARWORKS MOTORSPORT HEADS TO VIRGINIA

Following a great result at Barber Motorsports Park where one of the team's cars co-driven by Dalziel and Forest finished third, Starworks Motorsport team heads to Virginia International Raceway, Virginia, to compete in the Bosch Engineering 250, round 4 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Starworks Motorsport will compete at VIR with two cars; Car #7 will be co-driven by Bill Lester and Kasper Andersen and car #8 by Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest.

The Starworks Motorsport team has a lot of expectations for next Saturday's race. After scoring their first podium, the #8 drivers will be looking for another podium finish or maybe their first win at VIR and the #7 drivers will be looking for their first top five of the season.

Between Barber and VIR, Ryan Dalziel who is now ranked second in the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series driver point standings kept himself busy and raced at the Long Beach Grand Prix with Jaguar RSR team. The driver of the #8 Corsa Car Care Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley Daytona Prototype is definitely ready and focused on the job to achieve another stellar performance with co-driver Mike Forest.

"VIR has always been great to me," announced Ryan Dalziel. "I have finished on the podium a couple of times and it's easily my favorite track on the Rolex Series schedule. The esses are without doubt some of the most challenging sequences of corners and really separate the men from the boys. Mike and I are coming off a strong podium and two straight top 5's so momentum is great and I hope we can translate that into a win. I know Starworks Motorsport will give us a great car and I think Bill Riley, our race engineer, and the drivers are really starting to understand what each other needs. I can't wait," Dalziel added.

A third place finish at Barber was so far the best result achieved by Dalziel's teammate, Mike Forest, in the Rolex Sports Car Series in two seasons.

"Now that we have achieved a podium, next on our list is to get a race win," announced Forest. "This is fully within our grasp at VIR. So far our car has been better each outing so I think we have really developed a good understanding with Bill Riley about what we are looking for in the car. VIR is a great race track, challenging but one of the top tracks on the schedule," added Forest.

The #7 Flex-Box Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley will be co-driven by Bill Lester and driver Kasper Andersen. Bill Lester is eager to start practicing at VIR and is extremely motivated to finish in the top five next Saturday.

"As usual, my expectations are high going into a race weekend and going to VIR this time is no different," announced Lester. "We had a car that led the race for awhile last year and I personally like the track. I'm hopeful that the Starworks Motorsport #7 will get its first top 5 finish this Saturday," Lester said.

Kasper Andersen was racing for the first time with Starworks Motorsport two weeks ago at Barber and got his first top ten result. He is also looking forward to VIR but at this moment he has another challenge ahead of him. Following that race Kasper returned to his native country of Denmark where he resides and at this moment he is still in Europe crossing his fingers and hoping that the situation with the cloud that followed the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland returns to normal. Peter Baron is hoping that Andersen will be able to find a flight to cross the Atlantic and be there on time for Friday's practice at VIR!

-source: startworks motorsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Peter Baron , Bill Lester , Kasper Andersen , Mike Forest