Dalziel disappointed with Milwaukee exit Scotland's Ryan Dalziel lost the lead of the Toyota Atlantic Championship this evening having crashed out of Round 3 at The Milwaukee Mile taking avoiding action as a back marker spun in front of him ...
Dalziel disappointed with Milwaukee exit
Scotland's Ryan Dalziel lost the lead of the Toyota Atlantic Championship this evening having crashed out of Round 3 at The Milwaukee Mile taking avoiding action as a back marker spun in front of him while he was sitting comfortably in second place with just five of the 70 race laps remaining.
Dalziel made a great start as the pack were given the all clear to race, powering the #28 ProWorks Sierra Sierra Enterprises entry from third to second by the end of the first tour round the historic 1.032-mile Wisconsin oval in pursuit of pole winner Jon Fogarty. The 22-year-old subsequently held station as a yellow flag caution period was implemented on just the second lap with Round 2 race winner Alex Figge exiting on-track proceedings courtesy of contact.
When green flag racing resumed Dalziel gave chase to Fogarty ahead while mindful of Denmark's Ronnie Bremer lurking behind. At the halfway stage Ryan was just 3.5 seconds behind the leader and almost a second clear of Bremer back in third. The order remained unchanged heading into the closing stages of the race with back markers gradually coming into play as the leaders lapped.
With just five laps remaining and Dalziel looking good for his second podium finish of the year disaster struck as Alex Garcia spun online at Turn 2 forcing Dalziel to take immediate avoiding action. Traveling close to 240kph, Ryan was faced with the dilemma of crashing directly into Garcia's spinning car or swerving to avoid him but collecting the wall. Dalziel's swift reaction avoided a direct smash with Garcia but ploughed his own car into the wall and subsequently out of the race agonizingly close to the finish.
Following the race Dalziel commented: "It's really disappointing to exit a race in this fashion especially as I was secure in second place and set to continue to lead the series heading to Portland. I had to react quickly to what I saw on track but unfortunately it's cost me the championship lead and smashed my car up pretty badly. I'm going to be sore tomorrow I know that much but it hurts more to have lost the opportunity for valuable points through no fault of my own!"
Ronnie Bremer now leads the series on 73 points with Ryan back in fourth overall just 10 points behind the Dane.
Ryan's back in action in two weeks time, 18th-20th June, in Rounds 4 and 5 of the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama at the Portland International Raceway, Oregon. Dalziel once again heads into the event as the defending pole sitter and race champion following a dominant performance by the Scot in last season's visit to the west coast track.