CarBahn with Peregrine Racing showcased outright strength during its GTD debut at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.
The No. 39 Audi R8 GT3 LMS took its first green flag today in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship GTD class. With the support of championship winning engineer and strategist Steve Dinan and Audi Customer Racing, drivers Richard Heistand and Jeff Westphal impressed fans and fellow competitors alike with their pace and performance. The pair battles until the checkered flag earning a seventh-place finish for the team.
Heistand had the honors of qualifying the No. 39 for its maiden voyage, earning a ninth place starting position. He took the green flag at the 13 Turn, 2.26-mile track and immediately began moving up the pack. The No. 39 and Heistand came to life as the clock ticked down, battling up to third place before handing the car over to Westphal.
Driver Westphal settled in for his first race-stint in the No. 39 with one hour and 34-minutes remaining. A late-race full course caution would thwart his charge up the field, holding him in lapped traffic. Still Westphal pushed finishing in seventh place with a clean car.
Next up for CarBahn with Peregrine Racing is IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup Round 2 at the Raceway at Bell Isle Park, June 11-12, the official kick off to the busy IMSA summer season. For
Richard Heistand, Driver of the No. 39 Audi R8 GT3 LMS
“I’m really proud of our results this weekend,” Heistand said. “The team didn’t make mistakes which is always difficult, especially for a new program. The pit stops, strategy, everything was good. We improved the car over the entire weekend, so it gives you confidence knowing the decisions people are making are the right ones. The goal for the next one is to keep progressing. We want to do better than we did here. We do want to compete for a championship this year but we have to take it one step at a time, race by race. I’m looking forward to Detroit, I think it will be a lot of fun.”
Jeff Westphal, Driver of the No. 39 Audi R8 GT3 LMS
“I think our first weekend in GTD went really well,” Westphal said. “At the end of the day we’re launching a new program so there will be bumps along the way. I think we have a great learning curve compared to most people in our situation and it showed today. Our Audi R8 GT3 LMS is clearly competitive, we just have some homework to do. I’m confident we’ll get everything sorted out and be ready to improve more at Detroit.”
Steve Dinan, Engineer and Strategist of the No. 39 Audi R8 GT3 LMS
“I think this was a great first weekend,” Dinan said. “Richard was able to fight up through the pack and our pace was good. I think we had a fifth place car and we finished seventh which is not bad. The drivers and crew made no mistakes which is important so now we can focus on the next race
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