RRT Racing kicked off the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Sports Car Series season with a successful result at the Daytona International Speedway. The RRT Racing entry crossed the finish line in 8th position at the end of the 2.5 hour inaugural race.
The world famous Daytona track once again hosted the opening race for the Grand-Am series and the beginning of the second season in series for the RRT Racing team. “Although this was only our first time at Daytona as drivers and a team, we remained focused on building on our ninth place finish at VIR at end of last year,” noted driver and team principal Michael Dayton. Coming to race day, the RRT e90 BMW went through a series of fine tuning changes in the winter to ensure that the car remained a contender going into 2010.
The drivers and team spent the three practices and qualifying dropping seconds from the lap times as they worked up the learning curve. The first two practices saw the RRT entry positioned in the middle of the pack of 30 plus ST racecars. Although he turned his best lap, Dayton was unable to break into the top half of the pack and the RRT entry would start in 26th position. Battle commented. “We know the car is capable of turning a top time here at Daytona, but being our first time at this track the drivers are our limiting factor.” The additional challenge that the RRT Team faced would be that the car would require two stops based on the fuel consumption calculations.
Friday afternoon the cars were gridded up and sent out for their pace laps. Two laps later the green flag would drop and Dayton would make quick work of the traffic to move up several positions in the first lap. After gaining those positions, several full-course cautions would slow down the pace of the race. Given the two stop strategy, the RRT team went into action around the 30 minute mark to execute a drivers change and refill the fuel cell. It was a gamble and Battle worked to make it pay off turning RRT’s fastest lap of the weekend and moving up to as high as 3rd position. Battle continued to compete in the top of the class, but would have to duck back into the pits with about 25 minutes to go in the race shuffling him back several positions to mid-pack.
A final full-course caution would bunch up the pack and allow Battle to work up through the field to end the race in eighth, the best finish for RRT Racing in Grand Am. Dayton reflected on the result, “This finish proves our ability to run up front and will support the growth and continued success of our racing program through this year.”
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