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RRT Climbs Through the Pack at Mid-Ohio

RRT Climbs Through the Pack at Mid-Ohio

The seventh round of the Koni Challenge race would end with the RRT Racing’s BMW e90 slicing up to a 14th in class finish from the back of the pack.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio served as the venue for the latest round of the Grand-Am Koni Challenge. Due to the nature of this Midwest road course, the weekend would be split into two races with the GS class racing on Saturday and the ST race on Sunday.

Michael Dayton qualified the RRT Racing ST entry in the 25th position for the start of the race. When the green flag dropped Dayton got a great start, so great that Grand-Am brought him in on lap one for a stop and go penalty for jumping the start. After the race, it was discovered that a nearby competitor had missed a shift causing Dayton to make a maneuver before allowed.

After approximately 20 minutes of green flag racing an incident in turn 1 caused a full course caution. The car was brought in for a quick splash of fuel and seconds later was back on course. By the time racing resumed, he was at the back of the pack with a full load of fuel. This decision proved to be the game changer as a second full-course caution flew at approximately the 90 minute mark after the majority of the field had already pitted during green. Dayton climbed as high as 10th and brought the #21 car down pit lane in 14th position. The second flawless pit stop put the #21 car back underway with fresh left side Hoosier tires and Barry Battle at the wheel.

Battle would pilot the car without incident for the balance of the race and finish in the 14th position of the29 competitors. The RRT Racing team ended up the weekend as the 3rd BMW finishing the race. Battle noted, “The car did not qualify well this weekend so we knew we had to make up spots in the pits. We managed to stay out of trouble, drive a reliable, well-handling car through traffic, and take advantage of some on-track incidents to gain 15 positions back and finish on the lead lap.”

RRT Racing’s next race will be at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in October.

RRT Racing would like to thank its 2009 sponsors: Tischer BMW’s GetBMWParts.com, OG Racing,DiffsOnline.com, Vorshlag Motorsports, The Children’s Inn at NIH, e90Fanatics.com, Schroth Safety Equipment, Motul and BrakeSwap.com.

RRT is the leading BMW Performance and Service center in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Founded in 2002, RRT offers a full-range of BMW repairs, maintenance, and performance services completed by highly experienced technicians at reasonable prices. RRT also offers state-of-the-art suspension services and development, including an on-line suspension catalog.

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