Ready to race at Lime Rock

July 23, 2016

Ready to race at Lime Rock

July 23, 2016

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Practice, qualifying and the warm-up are run and done and teams now have their sets set on today’s two hour, 40 minute race at Lime Rock Park.

The shortest circuit on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is sure to provide plenty of upsets at a venue where track position is of critical importance.

michelin_warmup_limerock_16_13If you are at the front, then you have to “follow the script” and pit within your fuel windows, but if you are back in the pack, then the gambles on pitting during yellows come to the fore.

The Ford Performance squad used exactly that strategy at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but this could be even more critical here.

“We had a really strong run to get to the podium in Canada but this weekend at Lime Rock is going to be a challenge because track position is really vital around here,” Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen said.

“There are really only two places to pass and sometimes you just have to be patient – particularly with the chicane over on the back straight.”

Traffic is the other key challenge facing drivers this weekend.

michelin_friday_2_limerock_16_20“Lime Rock Park has a very special layout and we have never driven the M6 here before this weekend,” BMW’s Dirk Werner said.

“The race will be very challenging as well. Handling the traffic will be a key to success and the track doesn’t give you any opportunities to rest, so it will be physically tough as well.”

Risi Competizione’s Giancarlo Fisichella topped the times in the morning warm-up in the GTLM class from Richard Westbook (Ford) and Oliver Gavin (Corvette).

Other class leaders included Renger Van der Zande in PC and Bryan Sellers in GTD.

Today’s race will be screened live on FOX in the US. International fans can follow the race by visiting www.imsa.tv

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