Audi R8 Grand-Am Ready to Tackle Technical NJMP Circuit

Audi R8 Grand-Am Ready to Tackle Technical NJMP Circuit

APR Motorsport - NJMP 2012

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May 13, 2012 (Millville, N.J.) – In his first visit to the technical 2.2-mile, 14 turn New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt circuit, Dr. Jim Norman was tasked with qualifying the no. 51 APR Audi R8 Grand-Am for Sunday’s Global Barter 250 presented by the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. In Saturday’s 25-minute qualifying session for the GT cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Norman drove the Audi to 13th on the grid with a time of 1:24.643.

Although his run was interrupted by an off-course excursion caused by a near-miss with the Brumos Racing Porsche with Andrew Davis, Norman’s qualifying effort was a huge improvement over his practice form – nearly two full seconds – which he quickly credited to the effort done by the APR Motorsport staff. In the final practice before qualifying, Norman’s teammate Dion von Moltke put the APR Audi second on the timesheets.

“We’ve been making progress all weekend, biting away at it and making the car a little bit faster each time,” said Norman. “The car is very consistent and will be a great car for the race. We struggled a bit yesterday and the guys rolled the car out this morning, tried some new stuff, and it was really good. Dion was flying in practice and I was much more confident in the car.”

The team has paid particular attention to the technical nature of the NJMP Thunderbolt circuit, which is known for being a challenge for both the drivers and the engineers who determine the chassis setups.

“The tires do go off a little bit after the first four or five laps, and then they stay very consistent for about 20 laps,” said Norman. “Then they really go off. So we have to keep that in mind if we have a long run without yellow flags.”

In the middle of what will undoubtedly be a busy GT class, Norman is planning on having a cautious approach to the start of the two hour and forty-five minute race. He and Moltke are seeking their first top-10 of the season.

“One of my strengths is that I’m able to run very consistent laps,” said Norman. “So my goal is to keep our nose clean and turn a healthy and fast car over to Dion so he can bring it home and get us a strong finish.”

Fans of APR Motorsport can speak to the team throughout Sunday’s race on the Live Blog at www.goapr.com. Team owner Stephen Hooks will provide commentary and field questions throughout the race.

The Global Barter 250 presented by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the fourth round of the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series, will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel on Sunday, May 12 at 1:00 PM ET.

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