Sterling, Virginia (June 2, 2010) – RRT Racing met the mid-season point of 2010 by marching to an eighth place finish from their 17th place qualifying position in Saturday’s CTSCC race at Lime Rock. The team now stands twelfth in points in the Street Tuner (ST) class after completing 4 of the 5 races in the first half of the of the 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. RRT Racing is the highest placing team that did not complete all of the races in the season thus far.
As the series moves to northern venues, this would be the first trip to Connecticut for the RRT Racing Team and their BMW 328. Without a test day, the RRT Racing team worked hard to overcome the little time provided to come up speed at the new park. With the experience of Martin Jensen and Paul Gerrard behind the wheel, the team was able to get the car up to a second off the top time by qualifying.
Martin started the race in the car, leveraging his knowledge of the track and experience from the Danish Touring Car Series to move through the field. Beginning in 17th place, Martin was able to quickly gain positions through the first half of the race moving the RRT racing entry as high as 2nd position. With a full-course caution midway through the race, the pit crew got to work and Paul took over the wheel. Given the short track, Paul rejoined in 16th position and worked up to 5th. With a few moments to go in the race, a final double yellow flew grouping the field again. Unfortunately, the hectic restart led to an incident in turn one where lap traffic chopped Paul off leading to him having to brake unexpectedly and join in a three car collision. With significant damage, including a bent tie rod that hindered steering, Paul had to finish the race by limping car to the checkered flag in 8th place.
This weekend, the same driver line up will arrive in upstate New York to participate in the Continental Tire 150 at the world famous Watkins Glen. With the additional testing and experience from Lime Rock, the team will be looking for their first podium finish.
RRT is the leading BMW Racing, Performance and Service center in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Founded in 2002, RRT delivers these services through a group of highly trained, experienced technicians. RRT also offers state-of-the-art race car services including shock dyno, chassis dyno, and cage fabrication.