VIR: Starworks Motorsport race report

TWO STARWORKS CARS IN THE TOP TEN AT VIR The Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Rileys entered in Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 Round 4 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, finished in the top ten after a...

TWO STARWORKS CARS IN THE TOP TEN AT VIR

The Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Rileys entered in Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 Round 4 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, finished in the top ten after a difficult race for the four drivers of the Starworks Motorsport team.The #8 Corsa Car Care / Pip Printing / Jetset Magazine Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona champ, Scottish Ryan Dalziel, and Canadian Mike Forest finished 6th and the #7 Flex-Box / Xtreme Indoor Karting / Jetset Magazine Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by Americans Bill Lester and Joey Hand finished 9th.

It was in some way a disappointing event for team owner Peter Baron since after two great results at Miami and Barber, Baron, who is doing a phenomenal job keeping his newly re-launched Starworks team competitive, was expecting a much better result for his proteges."It was a very frustrating race weekend," announced Peter after the race. "The crew and Starworks Motorsport team did a great job keeping the cars clean and in 6th and 7th place, only to have the #99 car hit the #8 at the end of the race resulting in Dalziel moving from a potential top four finish to sixth. Then, if that was not enough, the #77 car knocked Joey Hand off track relegating Joey to a 9th place finish instead of a top five. This was not representative of the work we all did. It seems that we've been hit in the last three races which has affected the outcomes. Hopefully Grand Am will start working on controlling the damage since I don't think anyone wants to see teams take matters in their own hands," added a frustrated Peter Baron.

Ryan Dalziel missed another top five by only a few tenths of a second but was still able to save his second place in the 2010 Rolex Series driver point standings after four races. "I'm a little disappointed not to have gotten another top five finish but happy that Starworks finished 6th and our car is unscathed," announced Ryan Dalziel after the event. "We just didn't quite have the pace of the lead cars today so we have some work to do before round 5 at Lime Rock in May. I know we will rebound from this and we made some decent points and retained 2nd in the championship. Mike did a great job during his stint and our crew made two amazing pit stops which leaped us into the top six finishing spot," concluded Dalziel.

Like at Miami and Barber, Mike Forest, who qualified 11th on Friday, had another great driving performance and he again won the Jim Trueman Award thanks to his 6th place finish. "Today was a good day for me," Mike Forest said after the race. "You had to be pretty aggressive in traffic to not get held back. At the end I could see my co-driver Ryan Dalziel was doing everything he could to try and get around the #99 to finish into the top five. I think the Starworks guys in pit lane did an excellent job; big thanks to them," announced Forest.

The #7 Starworks Motorsport co-driven at VIR by Bill Lester, who qualified 12th on Friday, and Joey Hand, finished 9th, another top ten finish for the Flex-Box Dinan-BMW Riley. "I'm pleased the #7 Starworks team got another top ten finish," Lester said. "The guys did a great job of giving Joey Hand and me a strong car for the race, especially considering the work they had to do after my off in qualifying. Race traffic was problematic during my stint but I was able to hand Joey a clean car he could fight with. We should have finished better than 9th but since Joey was shoved off the track after the last restart, we'll settle for 9th and move on to the next race," Lester concluded.

Joey Hand was happy overall with his first race with Starworks Motorsport and his Daytona Prototype experience, his first since 2008. An hour after his Rolex Series race with Starworks Joey was entered in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at VIR and he won the race.

"I had a great time driving for Starworks and with Bill Lester this weekend," Hand said after the event. "I felt right at home with the BMW powered Riley. Although the result wasn't exactly what we wanted, it was still a great effort. We had to work hard to get our laps back and with the combination of great strategy and some hard pushing laps we got them back. The Starworks crew prepared the car great and made a lot of good changes throughout the weekend to make the car as fast as it was. In a very competitive series like this, to get a lap or two back is unheard of, but we did it! Towards the end of the race we were in the hunt racing for 5th when I got hit in the rear by the #77 car and that put me off in the dirt. Either way we ended up being real competitive during the race," declared Joey after his good weekend.

The next race, round 5 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, will be a one day Memorial Day event on Monday, May 31st at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut.

-source: starworks motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Joey Hand , Peter Baron , Bill Lester , Mike Forest