Automatic Racing Closes Points Gap at Mosport BOWMANVILLE, Ontario -- Automatic Racing dealt with setup issues throughout the Grand-Am Cup's Mosport 200 last Saturday at Canada's Mosport International Raceway, but the team came through it to...
Automatic Racing Closes Points Gap at Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario -- Automatic Racing dealt with setup issues throughout the Grand-Am Cup's Mosport 200 last Saturday at Canada's Mosport International Raceway, but the team came through it to add more points in their championship hunt.
The No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 of Jep Thornton and David Russell finished 13th, while Dave Riddle and Kris Wilson drove the No. 90 M3 to a finish of 19th.
Thursday's practice day was a soggy one, and the team was unable to follow through with their plans to work on setup for both of the cars. Friday had two brief practice sessions before qualifying. Despite the handling issues, Thornton secured the 11th place on the starting grid, while Riddle took the 26th spot.
At the start of the race, both drivers began to improve their positions. Thornton and Riddle both pitted during a full-course caution at the one-hour mark, handing the BMWs over to their respective co-drivers.
Tire and setup problems made the going difficult, but Automatic Racing held on until the checkered flag. The points earned by the No. 09 of Thornton and Russell has put them within four points of taking over fifth in the team championship.
"I was pleased that we were able to get through the Glen and Mosport unscathed," reflected Thornton. "We were not too pleased with the car over the last two weekends, but the six week break between Mosport and Barber will give us an opportunity to do some work on our motors, set up and do some much-needed testing. We still find ourselves in the thick of the points race and look forward to a strong latter half of the season. Barber and Mid-Ohio are two good tracks for the BMW."
"The car was loose all weekend, and it was really inconsistent. It was frustrating," said Russell. "On a good note, the guys did an amazing pit stop. I couldn't believe that they had changed all four tires; it was so quick that I was sure they had only changed the left side. "
Automatic Racing now has six weeks to concentrate on getting the BMW M3s ready for competition at Barber Motorsports Park, where round seven of the Grand-Am Cup season will be held July 29-30.
Fans can keep up with Automatic Racing at www.automaticracing.com.