Automatic Racing Sets Sights on Breaking Their Own Record at Mosport BOWMANVILLE, Ontario -- Since 2003, Automatic Racing's Jep Thornton has held the Grand-Am Cup qualifying record for the Grand Sport class at Canada's Mosport International ...
Automatic Racing Sets Sights on Breaking Their Own Record at Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario -- Since 2003, Automatic Racing's Jep Thornton has held the Grand-Am Cup qualifying record for the Grand Sport class at Canada's Mosport International Raceway. He hopes to better that lap time when Automatic Racing arrives to compete in round six of the series this weekend.
Fresh off of a successful weekend at Watkins Glen International, where both of the Automatic Racing BMW M3s finished in the top ten, the team is looking forward to Mosport's flowing 2.5-mile course.
Thornton and David Russell will co-drove the No. 09 BMW, which is currently sixth in points in the GS championship. A strong finish at Mosport could catapult the team into the top five.
"We are optimistic about our chances at Mosport," said Thornton, whose track record is a 1:32.887. "I have the qualifying track record there, which will surely be beaten, hopefully by one of our cars. The fact that we were able to get though The Glen without any damage to the cars makes for a good start for Mosport. A great BMW track awaits."
"We missed our setup a little bit at Watkins Glen, and it cost us a lot on the stopwatch. But for Mosport we're going to make some changes to the chassis," said Russell. "Mosport is my favorite track; turns two through four is such a fun section. There's a great fan base there, too."
Dave Riddle and Kris Wilson recorded their best finish of the season at Watkins Glen, driving to 8th in the No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW. This weekend will be the first time that Riddle and Wilson have driven together at Mosport.
Thornton and Riddle will handle qualifying on Friday, June 17at 3:55 p.m. The Mosport 200 begins on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The race is 200 miles long with a time limit of two and a half hours.