Stevenson Motorsports will look to carry its winning momentum to Lime Rock after claiming victories in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series in the previous round of IMSA competition at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Race: Northeast Grand Prix
Race Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Car: No. 57 Audi R8 LMS
Drivers: Andrew Davis and Lawson Aschenbach
Lime Rock Park: The 1.5-mile circuit in the quaint town of Lakeville, Connecticut has been a staple track on sports car racing calendars. The road course which has four different configurations may be short in length, but is nothing short of a challenge with its technical corners and elevation changes.
Winning Ways: Stevenson Motorsports captured its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win of the season at the previous round of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The No. 57 Audi R8 LMS stood at the top of the time charts all weekend long and co-drivers Lawson Aschenbach and Andrew Davis put it all together, leading 69 laps, to score the win despite a whirlwind of weather conditions in the final half of the race. The team’s win came after the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT4.R won its first race of the season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race the previous day.
A Decade of Driving: Stevenson Motorsports has competed at Lime Rock Park for the last decade and has captured six podium finishes with two wins in 2011 and 2012 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series. Last year (2016) the team scored its second podium of the year with a second-place finish in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Lime Rock after leading 12 laps.
Aschenbach at Lime Rock: Between his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, GRAND-AM Rolex Series, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge starts, Aschenbach has an extensive amount of experience at Lime Rock. Aschenbach’s highlights include a win in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series in 2013 while racing a Corvette for Marsh Racing.
Davis at Lime Rock: Davis’ best finish at the Connecticut circuit came in 2016 while driving for Stevenson Motorsports, when he finished second with co-driver Robin Liddell. In total, Davis has scored three podium finishes at Lime Rock Park. (2008, 3rd – Stevenson Motorsports; 2011, 3rd – Brumos Racing; 2016, 2nd – Stevenson Motorsports)
Lawson Aschenbach: “Lime Rock is probably the most unique track on the schedule. Its short length creates constant action due to narrow sections and multi-class racing. I like to call it the “Bull Ring” because it provides side-by-side racing in close quarters which is exciting for the drivers and the fans! I applaud IMSA’s decision to make this a “GT ONLY” weekend. I think GT racing is sports car racing in its purest form. The fans and TV audience can relate to the cars and it will create a much more straightforward race.”
Andrew Davis: “It’s always a great feeling coming into a race event fresh off a victory! The entire team is feeling a lot of confidence, and we will focus on carrying this positive momentum into the remainder of the season. The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar is quite remarkable in that there isn’t a lame duck event on the list. Every race is a big time event, and our upcoming round at Lime Rock Park certainly is no exception. The history behind the circuit, with all the greats that have graced the grounds makes it a special place to race. Although it’s a short lap time, pushing a car to the limits around the circuit is exhausting. Everything happens so fast that it takes all the focus a driver has to optimize performance. We had a great run last season in our Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS, and we are in an even better place at the moment in regards to the progress we’ve made in understanding our car. I expect that we will be competitive with our goal of standing atop the podium again in reach. However, as the GTD category has shown all season, it’ll take perfect execution to stay ahead of the stacked field of competitors.”
IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Race: Lime Rock Park 120
Race Length: 2 hours
Car: No. 57 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R
Drivers: Matt Bell and Robin Liddell
First Camaro GT4.R Win: Along with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Stevenson Motorsports also scored the team’s first win with the all new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R. It was the new machine’s third outing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Co-drivers Matt Bell and Robin Liddell totaled 38 laps led en route to the victory.
Liddell at Lime Rock: Liddell has over a decade of experience racing at Lime Rock Park, having raced for Stevenson Motorsports for the past eight years. Liddell scored back-to-back GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series wins in 2011 and 2012 after securing pole for both events in the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R.
Bell at Lime Rock: Bell and Stevenson Motorsports go hand-in-hand when it comes to racing at Lime Rock Park, as he has raced with the team for the previous seven seasons. Bell’s best finish of second was in 2013 racing the Stevenson Motorsports GS.R in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Chevy Camaro GT4.R Specs:
Chassis: Rear-wheel drive, unitized body with 2-way adjustable struts & dampers and front & rear anti-roll bars
Engine: 6.2L V8 naturally aspirated direct injection
Transmission: Six-speed sequential with paddle shifters
Robin Liddell: “I have always enjoyed going to Lime Rock, I think it is a great track and it’s in a beautiful part of the country. It’s a place where top speed isn’t such an advantage so I think it might play well to our Camaro GT4.R. The balance of the car is really good and the team is starting to learn what works and what doesn’t. Although Lime Rock is a short track, you are busy all the way around the lap and you never really get much time to relax.”
Matt Bell: “Coming off a win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, we’re optimistic heading to Lime Rock. On paper, we should have a reasonably competitive car. All that said, the McLarens seem to have the ability to turn up the wick, and I’m often surprised at how well they can make those cars match our mid-corner performance. We still have a lot to learn about this new car, but the team is gathering tons of valuable information every session it runs. The team does their homework to reduce mistakes, learn how to tune the car to different tracks, and ensure that both Robin (Liddell) and I are comfortable in the cockpit. Personally, I am excited to get to Lime Rock and drive the GT4.R again not long after our first win. I’m hoping we’ll use the momentum gained at CTMP to carry us to even more success at LRP.”
Source. Sunday Group