Robertson Racing Ford GT shows pace at Road America 24/08/2010 - Robertson Racing's Ford GT once again showed its potential at the weekend in the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America, round 7 of the American Le Mans Series ...
Robertson Racing Ford GT shows pace at Road America
24/08/2010 - Robertson Racing's Ford GT once again showed its potential at the weekend in the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America, round 7 of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
The Georgia-based team's car ran as high as second in the hands of David Murry in the early stages of the race and for long periods showed the pace to match the likes of the works Corvettes and BMWs and factory-assisted Porsches and Ferraris in the highly-competitive GT category.
After a tough qualifying, Murry made a fine start to the race to climb up to seventh and inherited sixth when a BMW crashed out causing a full course caution. As several GT runners dived for the pits, the team opted to leave Murry out on-track which saw him move up into second place.
With the bit between his teeth, the American driver was comfortably able to hold his position among the front runners and battled with the best of the works Corvettes, dropping behind after the restart before Murry re-took the position towards the end of his stint.
The team dropped away from the lead fight when Murry pitted, but still looked on course for a solid result until a broken damper and then an unfortunate stop/go penalty cost Andrea Robertson time in the pits. Her husband David took over for the final stint and brought the car home 12th in class at the chequered flag.
Andrew 'H' Smith, Team Manager: "Our performance proves that given the right circumstances this car is competitive against all our rivals and if you put David Murry up there at the front then he can match them. It was a really good showing.
"Unfortunately the car broke a damper during Andrea's stint and the race went yellow just as she was coming in and we were penalised for working on the car when the pit lane was closed. We didn't really have any another choice though.
"Although that issue cost us a strong result, I think we can all be really encouraged by what happened in the race. It's also a huge bonus that we haven't suffered any major damage to the car because we're now on our way to Mosport for the next round and we'll be back on track on Wednesday morning!"
-source: robertson racing