smooth start BAM! (British American Motorsport) had a smooth start to the Petit Le Mans race week, setting the second-fastest time in the GT class during opening-day practice. Although Lucas Luhr didn't test with the team last weekend, he was up...
BAM! (British American Motorsport) had a smooth start to the Petit Le Mans race week, setting the second-fastest time in the GT class during opening-day practice. Although Lucas Luhr didn't test with the team last weekend, he was up to speed quickly, pacing the team with a lap time of one minute 23.893 seconds on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course. Adam Jones shared the No. 43 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will Luhr on Wednesday, and Leo Hindery, Jr. will be on track with them on Thursday.
"Everybody else has been testing here, but I just got here today," Luhr said. "It's always difficult here for the left-rear tire, so we try to help the left-rear tire as much as we can. I think we've done pretty good so far, but we still have a way to go. I also need to improve a little bit because I'm not where I want to be yet. The circuit is low-grip and it was hot today; the session tomorrow morning will be better for everybody. We just need to work harder and improve more than anybody else."
Adam Jones, racing with BAM! for the first time, said the YES Network Porsche is like a limousine. Although it's similar to the Porsches he has raced in Europe, he noted the creature comforts are different:
"It's things like the ventilation - I've got one fan on the left-hand side and one coming up on the steering. I've had to turn them away because they're making my eyes water, they're not things I'm used to. There's an electric motor for the drink and there's a cool suit. These are luxuries! They're small things that don't necessarily gain any time, but it's little things like that you notice as a driver."
The Petit Le Mans is a 10-hour or 1000-mile race, adding the extra dimension of night racing. But BAM! crew chief Matt Bishop said finding the right compromise in settings for fast and slow corners is the most important part of car setup for the race.
"Here we have really super-slow corners and really high-speed corners. So right now, we're trying to find a happy balance between the quick corners and the really slow corners. We work on the high-speed for safety purposes, the low-speed to pick up our [lap] times," he said. "If the setup is good during the day, it should feel better at night - the track will cool down a little bit and it won't be as slick. At night time, we'll set more with tire pressures, because once we set up the suspension, we won't have time to make changes in the pits."