BimmerWorld Encounters More Lows Than Highs At Mosport Two of Three BMW E90 SPEED Touring Car Drivers Suffer 'Character Building' Weekend; Seth Thomas Gains Five Spots to Finish 7th. The BimmerWorld BMW SPEED World Challenge Touring Car had...
BimmerWorld Encounters More Lows Than Highs At Mosport
Two of Three BMW E90 SPEED Touring Car Drivers Suffer 'Character Building' Weekend; Seth Thomas Gains Five Spots to Finish 7th.
The BimmerWorld BMW SPEED World Challenge Touring Car had an unexpectedly rough weekend at Mosport, coming off the highs of starting 3rd and 4th at the last round in Mid-Ohio, with Joey Hand translating his 4th grid position into the first professional win for BimmerWorld, and their in-house developed BMW E90 chassis.
Hand, still riding a wave of excitement from his debut win in the series, had cause to completely forget the 8th round of the Touring Car season at in eastern Canada. Damage in Friday practice required all new bodywork, a new radiator, and the hard working BimmerWorld crew to replace his engine overnight.
Qualifying would prove no better for Hand, with the majority of his time during the rainy session spent on pit lane as electrical gremlins were diagnosed. Forced to start from the back of the grid but no less determined to charge to the front of the pack, Hand's good intentions were met with damaged right-rear suspension after being clobbered from behind on the opening lap. Joey's race ended immediately.
Team owner James Clay, happily returning to the seat after sitting out the Mid-Ohio round to finish preparation on his new car, got off to an even worse start by falling from the team's transporter while unloading the three BimmerWorld BMW's. His race would be over before the car turned a wheel.
Clay, with his dislocated shoulder and arm in a sling, found some salvation to the weekend by being invited into the broadcast booth to commentate during SPEED's World Challenge Touring Car coverage. An MRI is scheduled for this week and Clay's ability to race in the final two rounds will be determined following the exam.
Seth Thomas provided the one ray of light to break through the dark cloud that followed his team mates. Thomas, having suffered heartbreak with a broken transmission at Mid-Ohio while starting 3rd, was due to rebound strongly from that misfortune.
Fast in testing and in practice, Thomas adapted to the wet qualifying session to post 12th fastest time. While he was disappointed not to repeat his Mid-Ohio qualifying position, Thomas was confident he'd show better in the race--what was expected to be the first properly dry session of the weekend.
With a strong launch when the starting lights went out, Seth turned in another clean, consistent, and aggressive race. In a dogged 50 minute event, Thomas never had a moment to breathe or an inch to give as he fought amongst the factory Acura's and Mazda's, ultimately bringing his E90 home in 7th place. He also earned the Toyo Cup, the award given to the top independent driver in each event.the award given to the top finishing non-factory driver at each event.
While Seth took a bullet at Mid-Ohio, his team mates had the target on their backs at Mosport. With over a month before the penultimate round at Road Atlanta, Thomas' home race, expect the Georgia native to be an even bigger threat for the win. With Clay and Hand only capable of having decidedly better weekends than Mosport afforded them, a duo or trio of BimmerWorld E90's on the podium at Petit Le Mans isn't out of the question.