RRT Racing and its partner GetBMWParts.com completed the 61-lap, sixth round of Koni Sports Car Challenge at the historic 3.4 mile Watkins Glen International Raceway. The RRT Racing 328i ran cleanly and finished 15th in the ST class against strong competition.
The RRT Racing team arrived at the Glen looking to increase their experience in the Koni Challenge series and come away with a solid finish. “We came away from Round 3 in New Jersey with several lessons learned and hoped to apply them in New York,” said Barry Battle, team principal and driver. Until
this race the car’s development had been largely focused on the suspension and chassis, but the highspeeds of The Glen proved that more focus was needed on engine development. Battle pointed out, “We were losing several car lengths in the straights, which was not as evident in New Jersey, but now we need to refocus on our engine work.”
The two-and-one-half hour race began with the RRT Racing BMW starting in the 23rd position and Michael Dayton behind the wheel. With the high speeds and extensive use of barriers, the team anticipated several double yellows and lap one proved them right. In the first 35 minutes, the race would see multiple full course cautions; however, the yellow flag would not occur until about the 80 minute mark and RRT Racing #21 pitted two laps earlier under green for tires and the drivers change.
Once in the car, Battle had his work cut out for him and had to overcome the poor luck with the cautions. For the second half of the race Battle looked to continue to move up positions, and particularly made up time as the light rain started again in the closing moments, but they would not get higher than 15th position in class. “We knew we could have been top ten if we could have done the stop under that yellow at the 80-minute mark, but sometimes the luck is not with you,” said Dayton.
Fans can view THEGLEN.COM 200 race on the SPEED Channel on June 14th at 2pm. RRT Racing’s next race will be Mid-Ohio June 19-21, followed by Virginia International Raceway (VIR) later in the fall.