Team steadily improves throughout the weekend, eyes a good finish on Sunday
Building on the lessons learned during a race simulation test last Friday, the DeltaWing Racing Cars team put the revolutionary sports car prototype in the top ten for tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen – race three of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
Drivers Katherine Legge and Gabby Chaves had three one-hour practice sessions to master the notorious Watkins Glen layout. The team improved their pace in each session, with Legge qualifying the innovative DeltaWing coupe tenth in the Prototype Class at a quick lap of 1:40.538. Naturally, the team’s emphasis is on the task at hand tomorrow – six hours around the historic circuit with 54 other cars all battling for position within the four TUDOR United SportsCar Championship classes.
“We’ve improved every time we’ve gone out, which is what we aim to do. We aim to finish tomorrow. Every session, we changed something or tried something new – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. We had hoped to qualify faster but we’re heading in the right direction and we’re continuing to learn. We’ve got a good, solid race car. I think it will be quick and good in traffic – which is THE main objective here, with all the cars on track. And with our efficiency, we can make fewer pit stops so hopefully we’ll be in the hunt and the end.”
The team improved their pace in each session, with Legge qualifying the innovative DeltaWing coupe tenth in the Prototype Class at a quick lap of 1:40.538
“We’re making constant improvements and we’ve improved our time each session, which is exactly what we need to do. We’re closing the gap to where we want to be, so that’s the positive part of it. We missed that sweet spot for where we wanted to be in qualifying but it’s a six hour race, so qualifying doesn’t mean as much. There’s more in the car, so our main priority is to stay out of trouble and finish the race. The new things we’ve done with the car will help us drive with more confidence around traffic, which should be a big gain in the race.”
Team Manager Tim Keene
“Given how we performed in practice three, we expected a bit more from qualifying. For some reason, the car reacted much differently than it did in practice, so we’re investigating that. Going into a six hour race, the objective really is to stay with the lead group, keep our nose clean and keep out of trouble in the first three hours so we can race the last three hours. With the progress we’ve made since the test last Friday, I feel pretty confident about our reliability to get to the end. It’s a long race and the key will be to stay out of trouble.”