Motorsport Connections Returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Winston-Salem, NC - The Motorsport Connections BMW team returned to Mid- Ohio for their third race of the year with the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series. The weekend began...
Motorsport Connections Returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Winston-Salem, NC - The Motorsport Connections BMW team returned to Mid- Ohio for their third race of the year with the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series. The weekend began with a wet Friday morning practice session. Billy Revis was one of eleven drivers to tackle the wet conditions of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Despite the wet conditions, Revis was gaining corner knowledge of the track that he had raced on many years earlier. By the time the second practice session started later in the day, the conditions had improved greatly. With only twenty minutes of dry track time, the BMW team had a lot to accomplish in terms of a race setup. After the practice session ended, their focus turned towards the next morning's qualifying session. "Qualifying was very intense because I was slowed by traffic several times," said Revis about the twenty minute session. Despite having only one dry practice session, Revis was able to improve his lap time by over 2 seconds to qualify in 27th position.
Race day was Sunday morning in perfect weather conditions. The crowds had gathered along the fence line and in the grandstands to view this exciting race. The Speed World Challenge series was not about to disappoint them. Being one of the few sports car series to use the standing start, turn one was going to be a challenge as the cars took the fast left hander under the bridge. "I made a great start and went into turn one 3-wide," exclaimed Revis. However, coming out of the turn onto the straight was when everything went wrong for the entire field. At the front of the field two cars collided causing the beginning of a multi-car pileup. "I saw cars spinning, so I took to the right side and I went some 100 yards into the grass area," stated Revis. "I was looking for daylight to get back on the track without any damage." When Revis went past his pit, crew chief Kasey Revis saw that the front radiator was covered with grass. This caused the BMW to run very hot temperatures under the slow caution laps while the wreckage was cleared. However, that was to be the least of Revis' issues for the race. On the green-flag restart, the gas pedal came loose from the floor. "With a loose pedal, it was very hard to control the throttle," exclaimed Revis. "Sometimes I would kill the engine to slow the car down when the throttle would stick." Revis was able to control the issue on his way towards a 16th finishing position. "Without the pedal issue, a top 15 finish would have been achievable," said Revis.
The Motorsports Connection team is back on the race track in the coming month with the SPEED World Challenge series at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. The team will also compete with the BMW Club of America at Road Atlanta. For Additional information on Billy Revis and the Motorsport Connections team contact the BMS Group at www.burrismotorsport.com .