Sebring, Florida, March 18th --- Following yesterday's qualifying for the Speed GT World Challenge, Aston Martin's return to SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) racing, Autosport Designs Racing completed Round 1 of the series with mixed ...
Sebring, Florida, March 18th --- Following yesterday's qualifying for the Speed GT World Challenge, Aston Martin's return to SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) racing, Autosport Designs Racing completed Round 1 of the series with mixed fortunes.
This was the first race for the Aston Martin DBRS9 on any continent and was really used as a development session for the team. Jonny Mowlem (car #44) qualified 17th on the grid but unfortunately, on lap 2, succumbed to the same shifter cable gremlins that struck during yesterday's qualifying. However, Tom Papadopoulos (car #43,) who started 23rd on the grid had a solid race finishing in 15th position with a very consistent run. This proved the potential of the Aston Martin DBRS9 for the coming races.
Having not run the cars before this race weekend, the team has learnt a lot about the challengers they have, and see many ways of improving the package for the coming races.
Barry Wagner, Crew Chief for Autosport Designs Racing said "having received these two cars only 10 days before the start of practice for this race and having to modify the cars to the series specifications, I am quite pleased with the progress that we have made. St Petersburg represents another sort of challenge, one that we will be better prepared for."
Both Tom and Jonny recognise the efforts that have gone into getting these two cars to the grid here at Sebring and are looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the DBRS9 at St. Petersburg on April 2nd. It is felt that the street circuit will suit both drivers' styles and the characteristics of the DBRS9 better.