Von Moltke Leads Laps Before Changing Shorts at Road America
Von Moltke Leads Laps Before Changing Shorts at Road America
Strong run for Audi R8 Ends With a cut Tire in the Race’s Closing Stages
June 27, 2012 (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) – For the second time this season, the no. 51 APR Audi R8 showed the speed to lead the GT field of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The run, however, would be derailed when a cut tire in the late stages of the race brought the car to the pits for an extra pit stop.
With qualifying rained out, the field was formed based on the championship standings, with Dr. Jim Norman starting the race in 11th. Despite contact in the early stages of the race, the car suffered little damage and Dion von Moltke was able to take over the car without issue under an early caution.
Pit strategy enabled von Moltke to gain track position, driving up to second place before the team’s second pitstop. After the stop, von Moltke was able to drive up to the front and lead the race for a brief period, before having to stop for his final stop for fuel. After that stop, however, von Moltke would suffer a cut tire and have to slowly return to the pits, losing a lap. He would ultimately finish the race in 13th.
“This was a challenging weekend for sure, with qualifying being rained out and the contact at the start of the race,” said Norman. “We had contact going into the Hurry Downs, I was trying to make up positions because we were being held up by a slower car. Luckily, the Audi is a strong car and it wasn’t damaged. Despite all that, we had a good run going and it was fun to see the Audi lead laps again.”
Von Moltke was looking forward to scoring the team’s best result of the year when he had a scary moment when the rear tire suddenly deflated as he was headed down the back straightaway – flat out in sixth gear – towards Canada Corner.
“I may or may not need a change of shorts after that,” said von Moltke. “That was scary and completely unexpected. It’s too bad, because things were going really well, and I was really excited because I thought we had a car that would have dug deep into the top-five – maybe even gotten a podium. But we were fast and led again, and that’s a big boost for the team. We just need luck to go a little bit our way. I think we’ll have something for the GT field next weekend at Watkins Glen.”
At next weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, Norman and von Moltke will be joined by Ian Baas in the no. 51 APR Audi R8. The team will also field the no. 52 APR Audi R8 for German drivers Marc Basseng and Frank Stippler.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will go green on Sunday, July 31 at 11:00 PM ET.
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