Honda Racing Thunderhill 25H hour nine report

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HPD Climbs to Third, THR-W Leads B-Spec at Thunderhill Just past the one-third point in the 2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the ...

HPD Climbs to Third, THR-W Leads B-Spec at Thunderhill

Just past the one-third point in the 2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the #19 Honda Performance Development (HPD) Honda CR-Z has climbed to third in the Endurance 3 class standings, while the team's #93 CR-Z returned to racing three hours after a rollover crash in Turn 3 sent it behind the wall for extensive repairs.

Refueling problems with the #19 Honda cost it a pair of five-minute "stop- and-hold" penalties early in the race. But with class pole qualifier Peter Cunningham and later HRA's Chad Gilsinger driving, the HPD team recovered much of the ground lost in the early penalties, moving from 20th to fourth, only to be called into the pits just after sunset for exhaust repairs after exceeding the local sound limit.

Returning to the track in seventh, Lawson Aschenbach began another comeback for HPD and moved into third place just before the nine-hour mark, and continued to close on the second place Mazda Miata of Integri Racing.

The early-race leading #93 CR-Z sustained substantial body and suspension damage in an Hour 4 crash, as driver Sage Marie lost control and rolled exiting Turn 2. Taken back to the paddock for repairs, excellent pitwork by the HPD crew saw Marie return to competition late in the eighth hour.

Meanwhile, the Honda Team Research-West Honda Fit, started by Jeremy Croiset and currently driven by Dan Edmunds of Edmunds.com, has continued a steady, reliable run. The Fit has consistently been the best-placed of three E3 cars built to new "B-Spec" rules throughout today's race. The other B-Spec entries, a pair of Mazda2s are currently running three and five-laps, respectively, behind the THR Fit.

-source: nasa

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