Sebring: B-K Motorsports Saturday report

B-K Motorsports Rises To The Challenge Team Builds New Car In 24 Hours Sebring, Florida - After a tremendous effort to build a complete new car after Thursday's unfortunate on-track incident with driver Ben Devlin and the B-K Motorsports BP Lola...

B-K Motorsports Rises To The Challenge
Team Builds New Car In 24 Hours

Sebring, Florida - After a tremendous effort to build a complete new car after Thursday's unfortunate on-track incident with driver Ben Devlin and the B-K Motorsports BP Lola B07/46-Mazda MZR-R LMP2 car, a fuel cell leak was discovered prior to the start of the 56th running of the American Le Mans Series 56th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Florida Fresh. Despite on-going work by the crew, the day ended prematurely due to an IMSA rule declaring any car not presented to pit lane more than one hour after the race start is excluded. Regardless, the B-K team and crew-members earned the well deserved respect of fans and their fellow competitors for their Herculean effort to make the race.

Said driver Gerardo Bonilla, "Not being able to start today's race is a huge disappointment to everyone involved and that includes all of our partners such as BP, Mazda and Yokohama. I have been waiting 16 years to start this race at Sebring. It was such a treat to be chosen to drive the Mazda. We are all heart broken, but this is a team that doesn't give up. We are prepared to move on and give them hell at St. Pete."

"Well certainly it was an emotional roller coaster," commented Mazdaspeed's John Doonan. "Following the incident, our first concern was Ben. Once we learned he was ok, the team huddled together and decided to build a car. We had all of the needed spares, so in about 24 hours they built a new car. We came into today's race day with extremely high hopes, we had met the challenge. The morning warmup was great, we had a slight issue with the brakes which turned out to be a blessing as we found the leak in the fuel cell most likely from the incident. So as to not expound on things we had to withdraw. I think the guys are a much better team than when they arrived here, they really rose to the occasion."

Offered B-K Motorsports team owner Bob Bach, "To say we are disappointed would be an understatement. The guys did an incredible job considering the task they faced. While it is a difficult start to the season, we look forward to St. Petersburg."

The next race of the prestigious American Le Mans Series will be April 4-5 for the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg. For the second year in a row, the American Le Mans Series will hit the streets of St. Petersburg in the first of four races on a temporary street circuit along the Tampa Bay waterfront. Coverage will be live April fifth at 1:30PM EDT on ABC.

-credit: bk motorsports

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ben Devlin , Gerardo Bonilla