Mid-Ohio: Starworks Motorsport race report

NOT FOR A LACK OF EFFORT FOR STARWORKS AT THE SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN! Starworks Motorsport was coming off a season high, 2nd place in Lime Rock on Monday May 31st. The 17 crew members of the Starworks Motorsport team had only 3 days to pack up,...

NOT FOR A LACK OF EFFORT FOR STARWORKS AT THE SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN!

Starworks Motorsport was coming off a season high, 2nd place in Lime Rock on Monday May 31st. The 17 crew members of the Starworks Motorsport team had only 3 days to pack up, travel across New YorkState, set up again and prepare the team's two race cars for the 6 hour event. They met that challenge and shifted into race mode as Friday hosted the practice and qualifying sessions for Saturday's Salhen's Six Hours of The Glen race.

The second longest event of the 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season had plenty of obstacles for the #8 Corsa Car Care/Dynacor Media Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by Ryan Dalziel, Mike Forest and James Davison and for the #7 Starworks Motorsport Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by Bill Lester, Nelson Philippe and Kasper Andersen.

Former Champ Car race winner Frenchman Nelson Philippe, who was racing in the Rolex Series for the first time, suffered a crash in the first practice session and the Starworks Motorsport crew had to put the car back together in 20 hours of non stop work. The drivers were not able to practice nor qualifying and the car started last on the DP grid for the race. In the race the bad luck continued for the #7 car who suffered two new part failures that forced Lester, Philippe and Andersen to lose 10 laps because of the time lost in the pits replacing items. At the end of the six hours race the #7 car finished 12th.

Regular duo Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest ranked respectively 2nd and 5th in the 2010 Rolex Series driver point standings before the six hours race were joined by Rolex Series rookie from Australia, James Davison, who knew the Glen course for scoring the pole position last year in the Indy Lights race. Like the #7 car, the #8 car had his dose of problems throughout the Glen event.

While the #8 car sat in the top 5 in practice, they received a faulty set of tires for qualifying, which ruined their chances for a good qualifying position and had to qualify 12th with Mike Forest at the wheel. Unfortunately, it turned out the tires were only part of the problem. During the final stages of pre-race prep the team discovered a part of the drive train had started to crack and needed replacing. It's not uncommon for the drive train to wear, but it occurred earlier than expected and the timing was awful. It was discovered at 10:30 pm and required the entire rear end of the car to be disassembled to replace. The crew worked all night and got one hour of sleep, but by morning the #8 car was back up and running. They rebounded by setting the 2nd fastest time in Saturday morning's warm up.

Despite a few racing incidents during the race, Ryan Dalziel, MikeForest and James Davison finished the race in 7th place on the same lap as the winning car despite their problems which can be consider a good performance by the three driver's line up.

Watkins Glen International Raceway marked the 2010 Rolex Series season halfway point. One of the very positive signs of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen for Starworks Motorsport is that Ryan Dalziel still sits in 2nd place in the overall 2010 driver point standings while teammate Mike Forest of Canada sits in 5th, fighting a close battle for 3rd.

The next event is the EMCO Gears Classic at Mi-Ohio, Ohio scheduled for June 18-19, 2010.

-source: starworks motorsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Nelson Philippe , James Davison , Kasper Andersen , Mike Forest