BimmerWorld press release
Dublin, VA. BimmerWorld Racing entered the Bosch Engineering 200 with strong expectations for a successful weekend, and managed to come away with a top 10 finish with one of its BMW M3 V8s, but it was the potential shown by the big BMWs that has the team riding a high.
Strong qualifying performances by both M3s at Virginia International Raceway–the team’s home track–was the first indicator that the BMW experts have made big strides with the Bavarian machines.
“We’ve used VIR as a test track to gauge our progress for quite some time,” said BimmerWorld owner/driver James Clay. “It demands everything possible from a racecar, and it also exposes any weaknesses that need to be addressed. We still have more speed to find with our BimmerWorld M3 V8s, but after an intense beginning to the year where we started from scratch with brand-new cars, we’re happy to see how competitive our GS cars have become.”
Bob Michaelian and Ken Wilden brought the No. 78 Bizrate.com BimmerWorld BMW M3 V8 home in 10th at VIR, while the No. 79 Johnstone Supply M3 V8, driven by Clay and Seth Thomas, qualified a season-best third but only made it to Lap 26 of the 56-lap race.
“We were hit by a competitor after vying for the lead for the first half of the race,” said Clay. “You never walk away happy when success is within reach, but we can take a lot of positives away from VIR. Our team has been working non-stop to get our new M3 V8s to the front of the field, and last weekend, I think we showed that we’ve gotten ahead of the development curve. We’ve had many years to develop our BMW 328i racecars to the point where they win races and pole positions, so the fact that we’re moving at such a fast rate with the M3 V8s gives us a lot of hope that success is right around the corner.”
BimmerWorld’s pair of 328i racecars were set for a solid finish at VIR, but with a majority of the last half of the race run under the caution flag, the team’s plan to gain an advantage with fuel strategy was minimized by the slow pace of the event.
The No. 80 CRC Industries BimmerWorld BMW 328i of Bill Heumann and David White finished 14th in class, while the No. 81 BimmerWorld BMW 328i of Gregory Liefooghe and John Capestro-DuBets placed 17th.
The team has a relatively short turnaround between races, with the Memorial Day Classic, held at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, scheduled for May 27-28.
The broadcast for the Bosch Engineering 200 from VIR airs May 22nd at 1 p.m. ET on SPEED. Follow the BimmerWorld team as they prepare for Lime Rock by visiting www.BimmerworldRacing.com.