Audi Takes Second GT Daytona Victory at Lime Rock Park
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Andy Lally passed Jeroen Bleekemolen with 22 minutes remaining and went on to score his second GT Daytona (GTD) victory of the season in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi Tire Center/Auric Solar Audi R8 LMS GT3 started by John Potter. Seventh with one hour remaining, Lally worked his way to the front in a tight battle that saw the top seven cars separated by only two seconds.

“That was one of the most fun but frustrating drives of my life,” said Lally, who led the final 20 laps. “You have to make picks and pass on the outside to make that work. Really, it’s so special because these guys worked so hard after the wreck at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We talked about putting a special setup for Lime Rock to make this thing turn right. We planned for the end of the stint to be loose. We dialed like 80 degrees of wing into this thing and stuck a billboard on the back and it stuck, and that’s what let us come through with the win there.”

Robin Liddell took second in the No. 6 Stevenson Auto Group Audi LMS GT3 started by Andrew Davis, followed by Bleekemolen and Ben Keating in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports ViperExchange.com/Cruising with the Monkey Dodge Viper GT3-R.

“I was leading, but I think we had the slowest car out there today,” Bleekemolen admitted. “It was difficult to hang on to. I got hit a few times, but we were still able to finish third. That’s an amazing job by the team, to get us this far up, and a great drive by Ben. Absolutely the maximum we could do.”

Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan finished 11th in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3. Entering the event with a 22-point lead in the class, they now unofficially sit ahead of Potter and Lally by 13 points, 212-199.

NOTEBOOK

  • With ambient temperatures in the low nineties – and track temperature surpassing 120 degrees – Liddell admitted running both the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship and WeatherTech Championship may have been a bit much. Stephen Simpson, Spencer Pumpelly and Corey Lewis also ran both races.
  • Next up for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on the weekend of August 5-7. All four classes will be in action in the two-hour, 40-minute race.

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