Lime Rock: Starworks Motorsport race report



The #8 Corsa Car Care Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley Daytona prototype co-driven by 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona champ, Ryan Dalziel, and Mike Forest finished 2nd in the Memorial Day event at Lime Rock Park, Round 5 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. The #7 Flex-Box Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by Bill Lester and Kasper Andersen finished 12th.

A large crowd watched the first appearance of the Daytona Prototypes at the demanding 1.5-mile circuit under sunny skies, while the 90-degree temperatures took their toll on the drivers.

Mike Forest qualified 11th in the #8 Starworks DP and drove a great first stint. After 45 minutes, Ryan Dalziel took over the #8 car with a lap down and started his fantastic road to the podium, passing cars one by one, and missing the victory by only 4.791 seconds. This result is the best finish so far for the Starworks Motorsport team this season and the team, led by Peter Baron, is very motivated to carry this momentum to the next event next Saturday at Watkins Glen.

Team owner, Peter Baron, was delighted after the podium finish. "I am so proud of the crew and our drivers," announced Peter Baron. "They have done a phenomenal job and prepared two competitive race cars. We scored another podium finish, the second in four races with this drivers' line-up.  We finished third at Barber, second at Lime Rock, so the next result should be our first win! I am so excited by Ryan and Mike's results since they are now in contention for the championship. I am disappointed with the #7 Flex-Box car result. They had a good car in qualifying but race incidents and misfortunes did not let Bill and Kasper score the finish they hoped for and deserved," Baron continued.

Thanks to this new podium finish, Dalziel and Forest won a fourth consecutive SunTrust Improve Your Position Award.

"It's a great day for the entire Starworks Motorsport team," declared Ryan Dalziel after the race. "I am so happy that we finished second, especially with the #01 car result which scored minimum points. It really puts us back in the points hunt and the whole team did a fantastic job this weekend. All credit to Starworks and Peter Baron for making this possible. Mike Forest gave me the car in a great position and we just had a really fast race car all day," added Dalziel who scored his third podium finish of the season in only five races.

Mike Forest won another Trueman Award medal and is now ranked third in the Jim Trueman Award season point standings. "Today was another stellar day for the #8 Starworks/Corsa Car Care team," announced Forest. "The guys worked very hard throughout the day to make the needed adjustments, Bill Riley made many great calls today. We are getting closer to that first win," added Mike.

The #7 Flex-Box Starworks Motorsport car, co-driven by Lester and Andersen had some difficulties in the race at Lime Rock. Kasper Andersen qualified in 9th place and drove the first 45 minutes in the race before handing the car to Bill Lester.

Bill Lester did not have a good day. "Our #7 Flex-Box Starworks Motorsport Riley suffered a number of set backs this afternoon which produced a finish that no one on the team is satisfied with," Bill Lester said after the Lime Rock race. "We'll learn from our mistakes and misfortunes and move on to Watkins Glen, a track that I both like and have been successful on in the past," added Lester.

Kasper Andersen was also disappointed with his #7 car result and is looking forward to the next race at Watkins Glen.Kasper Andersen was also disappointed with his #7 car result and is looking forward to the next race at Watkins Glen. "We lost many places at the start in the exit of turn one because the #01 car spun-out, I could not see anything and I was afraid I might hit another car going through the dust cloud," announced Andersen. "After that we had a good clean run until I banged wheels with the #77 car in turn 3 and I lost a lot of track positions. Looking back at the onboard video I should have been more careful but it felt right at the time to overtake him. After that, I had to make some time up and I managed to get close to the group ahead of me just before the driver change. It was very unfortunate, Bill lost the wheel and we basically turned the rest of the race into a test session," Kasper continued.

The Rolex Series teams have only a few days to prepare for the second-longest event on the schedule, Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

-source: sm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Peter Baron , Bill Lester , Kasper Andersen , Mike Forest