VILLE DE MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec- Automatic Racing finished sixth in the Grand Sports II class of the Grand-Am Cup's Mont-Tremblant 250, held at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant on September 20, after running in second in the first half of the race. Jep...
VILLE DE MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec- Automatic Racing finished sixth in the Grand Sports II class of the Grand-Am Cup's Mont-Tremblant 250, held at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant on September 20, after running in second in the first half of the race.
Jep Thornton and David Russell drove the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3, starting from fourth on the grid.
Thornton started the race and quickly took over third place. When Thornton pitted during a full-course caution, he was still running in third. Russell got in the car and re-entered the race in fifth.
Russell passed for fourth and was battling for third when he went wide and ran off the track. He got the car slowed down, but the rear bumper made contact with a barrier wall before coming to a complete stop.
Russell drove back to the pits to have the crew inspect the car in case of any damage. The BMW had only minor damage, but Automatic Racing lost a lap because of the precautionary pit stop.
Russell finished the race, taking the checkered flag in sixth among the Grand Sports II entries.
"Our car ran great. We worked on setting up the brakes all weekend," commented Thornton. "We could have easily gotten on the podium. The points we got this weekend will help us."
"I was trying to pass for third and I just got wide," explained Russell. "I got off in the grass and was heading toward a wall. Fortunately, I was able to get the car turned and scrub off most of the momentum. It was frustrating because we had a good car."
Automatic Racing stayed to race in the Grand-Am event the following day. The race proved to be a productive testing session for the team. "We made a lot of adjustments to the car and learned more about it," commented Russell. "We fixed an understeer problem we'd had all weekend and really got a better overall balance to the car."
The next race for Automatic Racing will be the 3 Hours of VIR at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, October 4.
More information about Automatic Racing can be found on the team's website at www.AutomaticRacing.com.
Automatic Racing is sponsored by Automatic Commercial Aircraft, LandAir, BBS, Engine Music Studios, Redline Oil and Moton Shocks.