RRT Racing, with their #18 BMW 328i, continued their successful 2010 season by marching to an eighth place finish from their 17th place qualifying position in Saturdays CTSCC race at Homestead Florida…… The team now stands fifth in points in the Street Tuner (ST) class after two rounds of the 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
With this being their first visit to the southern Florida venue, the crew knew that executing their philosophy of meticulous preparation, continual development and solid team work would be the key to success. “This is our first full season, and we need to stay focused and execute at a high-level if we want to contend for a championship,“ stated driver and team principal Barry Battle. Preparation has paid off as the RRT entry has finished in the top ten in the last three consecutive races while never missing an on-track session or failing to finish a race.
The weekend started with a test day on Thursday followed by practice and qualifying on Friday all leading up to Saturdays 2 ½ hour race. Both Battle and Michael Dayton quickly acclimated to the new track and lap times started to drop. By the end of qualifying, RRT Racing’s 328i had worked up to a solid 17th place in a field of 34 ST entries. In the final practice session before the race, the RRT entry posted the 6th fastest time, again proving the car’s potential for a top finishing position.
The race proved that preparation and hard work do pay off. In the opening laps, the RRT entry quickly jumped five positions and would hold steady between 10th and 12th position for the first half of the race with Dayton at the wheel. During the second full-course caution, approximately 1 hour into the race, strategist Bryan Watts brought the car into the pits for the driver change, fuel, and tires. It was a tough but calculated decision because pitting this early meant the #18 would have to make an additional stop for fuel without the help of a few more caution laps. The calculation paid off as the yellow waved once again to ensure that more fuel would not be needed to get to the finish. With Battle at the wheel for the balance of the race, he fought as high as 6th position, but an off shuffled him back to finish the race in 8th position.
Battle summed up the weekend, “We continue to build on our solid foundation of reliability, speed, and strategy that produces results race after race.”
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. RRT offers state-of-the-art race car construction and services including shock dyno, chassis dyno, and cage fabrication.