HALLIDAY AND INTERSPORT FINISH 3RD IN CLASS, 8TH OVERALL Californian racing driver and equestrian, Liz Halliday, traded one paddock for another last weekend to compete in Round 7 of the American Le Mans Series: the Generac 500 at Road America,...
HALLIDAY AND INTERSPORT FINISH 3RD IN CLASS, 8TH OVERALL
Californian racing driver and equestrian, Liz Halliday, traded one paddock for another last weekend to compete in Round 7 of the American Le Mans Series: the Generac 500 at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The UK-based 'dual-sportswoman' headed into the race hoping to build on the five-point lead in the LMP2 class drivers' standings that she currently shares with her Intersport Racing co-driver, Clint Field.
Whilst the duo did manage to continue their unbroken run of podiums with a solid third place finish, their arch rivals in the Porsche factory squad confirmed that they have now added reliability to their already exceptional pace, with a dominant one-two finish in class and 4th and 5th places overall.
Despite having been pole vaulted in the lead for the championship by Porsche driver Sascha Maassen, who now enjoys a two-point advantage, Halliday and Field remain upbeat about the rest of the season having perhaps demonstrated their strongest pace yet and an improving ability to stay in touch with the Porsches over a race distance.
"So far this year it's clear that they have had a significant pace advantage over us and indeed nearly everybody else," said Halliday after the race, "so we focused on our reliability and made sure to pick up the points if they encountered problems. That strategy has worked so far but we need to continue improving our pace to beat them fair and square on the track. We struggled a bit in recent races but we weren't that far off today and in the ebb and flow of caution periods we even managed to split them [the two Porsches] at times. We're pretty pleased with the progress we've made pace-wise and that's a fantastic testimony to the team's efforts on the car. We'll keep pushing in this area and if we can just stay in contention then who knows what is possible with the championship -- it's far from over yet that's for sure!"
Halliday and Field were joined in battle this time by Clint's father, Jon Field. Well known for his blistering pace, Jon was given again qualifying duties and his best effort, a 1m52.453s lap, was good enough for third in class, just over a second shy of the class pole set by Porsche driver, Lucas Luhr, at 1m51.199s. After strong but fairly short stints from Clint and Liz, Field Snr also took the helm for much of the race and did a great job to keep the Lola-AER-GoodYear car in touch with the leaders.
"Jon did a really nice job today," continued Liz. "We focused on making driver changes under yellow flags and this was the right strategy to stay in contention with the Porsches. We've got to do all we can to keep up the pressure on Porsche because we know that they're fallible. We're no longer leading the Drivers' championship, which is of course frustrating, but we're only two points behind Maassen so we are certainly not giving up yet! There are two rounds to go and in this sport, anything can happen."
Fighting talk from Liz, who will resume battle with her Intersport team in two weeks' time at the Mobil 1 presents Labour Day Grand Prix of Mosport, set for 3pm EDT on Sunday, September 3rd.