Sterling, Virginia (June 28, 2010) – RRT Racing reached another milestone during a successful race weekend at Mid-Ohio with their first front row qualifying position and a top 5 finish. The team now stands ninth in points in the Street Tuner (ST) class after competing in 6 of the 7 races in the 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
Team drivers, Martin Jensen and Paul Gerrard had an incident-free weekend while being at or near the top of the time charts in every session. Their speed would not come without a lot of hard work from everyone. With Steve Dinan of Dinan Motorsports providing engineering support the past few race weekends, the improvements in the car’s overall performance are starting to show. “Steve is known as an engine guru, but many people do not know his abilities in setting up a car,” said team driver Paul Gerrard. “I would like to extend my deepest thanks to Steve for his assistance” said Team Director Gilbert Lynagh after the race, “His drive to win and willingness to share insight with our engineers and mechanics has been priceless in the development of the car and our team.”
Going into qualifying, Gerrard knew he had to lay down a fast lap, and with the level of competition in the ST class, a good starting position would be critical if RRT was to have any chance of finishing upfront. At the opening of qualifying Gerrard grabbed the top spot and held it for most of the session finishing with a fine second place starting position just .13 seconds from pole.
The race continued to provide drama for the weekend as the combined field of nearly 60 cars took to the 2.2 mile course. Several laps after the green flag flew, Gerrard was able to grab the top spot and hold on through approximately the 60 minute mark when he pitted under a full-course caution to hand the car over to Jensen to finish the race. Jensen would work back up through the field for the balance of the race to end with a solid 5th place finish. The finish would provide RRT Racing with their highest finish thus far in Grand-Am road racing. Crew Chief Barry Battle noted, “While the team is excited about the result, we know the car is capable of a podium finish and look forward to fighting for it in New Jersey”