new track BAM! (British American Motorsport) will race at Lime Rock Park for the first time on July 5, chasing a podium finish in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series. Crew chief Matt Bishop is confident the team will have a good starting...
BAM! (British American Motorsport) will race at Lime Rock Park for the first time on July 5, chasing a podium finish in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series. Crew chief Matt Bishop is confident the team will have a good starting setup for the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, after competing in the ALMS race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 27. The 1.54-mile Lime Rock road course is shorter than the Mid-Ohio track, but it has similar turns and elevation changes.
"We haven't been to Lime Rock before, but going from Mid-Ohio to Lime Rock is probably a similar setup," Bishop noted. "The car is prepped to last 24 hours, so barring any unforeseen act, we shouldn't need any extra preparation for the race."
BAM! driver Leo Hindery, Jr. of New York has enjoyed many races at Lime Rock Park, the major track closest to his home. The picturesque countryside and the town of Lakeville, Conn., offer welcome relief from his corporate duties in Manhattan, but he doesn't want to stay too long.
"Since I started my racing [career] in late-model stock cars on short tracks, maybe I can do well at Lime Rock since that is what this race is going to feel like," he said. "I don't think we are going to have much time to look at the beautiful church across the way as we speed by cheek to jowl - and I hope to not be in that church after the race for my memorial service."
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Two-time ALMS GT co-champion Lucas Luhr of Monaco will share driving duty with Leo Hindery in four races this season, starting at Lime Rock. Luhr recently finished third in the demanding Nurburgring 24-hour race in his native Germany, a race that presented very different challenges from this week's two-hour 45-minute ALMS race.
"The Nurburgring is a really long track, almost 17 miles long, and it has more than 80 corners. At Nurburgring, the team I raced with built the car for just that race. Here you go with the same car for the whole season," he said. "For a 24-hour race, the first or second stint you watch the competition. You don't want to go behind too far, but you are a little bit gentle with the car, trying to take care of the brakes, the driveshaft and the gearbox. In a three-hour race, you mostly go flat out."