Laguna Seca: Roberstson Racing race report

Robertson Racing enjoys strong six hours in California 24/05/2010 - Robertson Racing notched up their third consecutive top ten American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last weekend. The ...

Robertson Racing enjoys strong six hours in California

24/05/2010 - Robertson Racing notched up their third consecutive top ten American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last weekend.

The Atlanta-based squad's Ford GT finished 10th in the ultra-competitive, manufacturer-dominated GT class thanks to the exploits of David Robertson, Dave Murry and Andrea Robertson who had to contend with unfavourably cold conditions at the California circuit over the course of six hours.

The team have often struggled for grip at Mazda Raceway, a problem that was amplified by the race being moved to earlier in the season when temperatures are cooler than the traditional late-summer date.

Nevertheless, Murry was still able to qualify the car a respectable 10th in class, an improvement on the opening two races of the season. Come Saturday, the team concentrated on achieving a trouble-free race but were ultimately involved in a thrilling GT class battle involving factory Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Corvette entries.

Fortunately they came through unscathed in what will be the final race for their current-spec Ford GT which will undergo development work throughout June in time for the next ALMS round at Salt Lake City.

Andrew "H" Smith, Team Manager: "To have run so competitively with the works entries is very positive for us. The drivers did a good job as always and, despite the closeness of the racing, we've come out pretty unscathed. Our two worst circuits - here at Laguna and at Long Beach - are now out of the way so we can look forward to a positive rest of season.

"We've got some changes coming for the next round which I can't go into just now, but we're hopeful that they're going to improve the car. That includes a test at Mid-Ohio on June 2 before wind tunnel development work and further tyre testing at Road Atlanta later that month where we'll hopefully see the fruits of our labour."

The American Le Mans Series now takes a six-week hiatus to account for next month's Le Mans 24 Hours before returning to action at Miller Motorsports Park for the Utah Grand Prix on July 11.

-source: rr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andrea Robertson , David Robertson