The Kia Motorsports team heads to Mid-Ohio for the EMCO Gears Classic presented by Key Bank 2010 and round seven of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge from its home base in Buford, Georgia ready to tackle the 2.258 mile 13 turn ...
The Kia Motorsports team heads to Mid-Ohio for the EMCO Gears Classic presented by Key Bank 2010 and round seven of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge from its home base in Buford, Georgia ready to tackle the 2.258 mile 13 turn course. Both cars have been refreshed after the Glen having been torn down completely to check for wear on key powertrain components.
The engineering team is very satisfied and somewhat amazed at the engine's durability but fresh engines are being put into both cars as scheduled when maintenance plans were put together at the beginning of the season even though now it does not seem completely necessary.
As this maintenance is being done a look back at what has been accomplished in such a short development time speaks volumes for the Kinetic Motorsports Team and their drivers as well as for the solid foundation the Kia Forte platform provides. The #12 car under the hands of Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood has been rock solid finishing all races and leading Lime Rock for six laps; an amazing feat in only its fifth outing.
The #10 car piloted by Nic Jonsson and Andy Lally has, what on the surface, might appear to be reliability issues but what is not well known outside the team is that the #10 car is the development car where new ideas and systems are tested. But the #10 car has seen its share of success at some hard fought venues like Barber, VIR and even Lime Rock qualifying 3rd and running 2nd for the first 30 or so laps before retiring while in 5th with brake failure going into Big Bend.
The Kia Motorsports team approaches each race with the same level of cautious optimism. No matter the outcome, all would have to agree that a lot has been accomplished in a very short development time.
-source: kia motorsports