Challenging Day for Norman and von Moltke in New Jersey
Challenging Day for Norman and von Moltke in New Jersey
No. 51 APR Audi R8 Grand-Am soldiers home in 14th after Multiple Incidents
May 14, 2012 (Opelika, Ala.) – Not having the race that they were looking for, Dr. Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke drove their no. 51 APR Audi R8 Grand-Am to a 14th place finish in Sunday’s Global Barter 250 Presented by Susan G. Komen For The Cure at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J.
Norman started the race, running in 12th before being knocked off circuit by a Daytona Prototype. The incident caused him to go a lap down on the GT leader. Von Moltke took over during a green flag stop, but he was hit hard on the right side by another Daytona Prototype, causing the Audi to go down another lap. He would ultimately finish in 14th place.
While the separate incidents would cost the team a chance at the top-10 result that they were seeking, Norman and von Moltke found a real challenge in racing the R8 Grand-Am over the course of a stint at NJMP.
“We know that the R8 is a sleeping giant,” said Norman. “Each race we come a little bit closer to unlocking the potential of the car. APR and Audi are working hard to develop the Grand-Am spec of the car to make it as competitive as it has proven to be in its LMS spec. It isn’t there yet but we are hoping that between now and the stretch of races in June we’ll be able to make some changes to the car that will help us show what it is truly capable of. We all want to see the Audi running at the front.”
Von Moltke, who set top-three times in the car during the final two practice sessions for the Global Barter 250, echoed Norman’s thoughts.
“We learned more about the car this weekend,” said von Moltke. “It was disappointing to lose the laps that we did after Dr. Jim and I had contact with other cars, but we were able to achieve a decent race pace at the end.”
“We have been moving in the right direction at each race so I’m very confident that we will continue to improve. I know APR and Audi Sport are working very hard to find some more speed in the R8 Grand-Am, but I think we are just struggling a bit with the current rules package. The car is obviously fast but I think it’s being held back just a little too much right now. But looking ahead to the next race in Detroit, I’m sure the guys will give Dr. Jim and I a competitive car for that race.”
The no. 51 APR Audi R8 Grand-Am will compete in its first street race in next month’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200, at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Mich., on June 1-2.
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