A beautiful hot day at Lime Rock Park lead to some exciting racing. Starting the race would be Ethan Low in the #37, Tyler Stone in the #52, and Derek Jones in the #73.
Low, quickly picked up a postion at the start of the race moving from his starting position of 11th to 10th. After that all three MINIs held steady throughout the first part of the race. Jones did well to keep the #73 in 7th, the same position he qualified in.
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Racing down the front stretch.
A failure 35 minutes into the race for the #93 HART racing Civic allowed Jones and Low to both move up a spot. Soon after that Stone in the #52 worked his way up to 18th, but the leaders were quickly approaching and he would soon find himself a lap down.
Jones was continuing to hold position when the #56 Porsche got into the back of him, sending him briefly off course. Soon after that incident Jones brought the car into the pits. The team experienced some trouble changing out the rear tires. This led to a slow stop which would put the #73, now being driven by Mat Pombo, further back in the field in 22nd place. Low continued on in the #37, gaining a few positions in the incident incurred by the #73.
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#73 entering the pits with damage to rear bumper.
The #37 and #52 looked to stay out on the track as long as possible. Other ST cars started pitting and the #37 found itself as high as 2nd with the #52 getting up to 12th. It looked as if they were trying to take advantage of their fuel mileage to do an alternate strategy. They attempted this strategy in last season’s race at Lime Rock Park, but they were hoping it would turn out better for them this time.
With just over an hour to go Low pitted the #37 and James Vance took his place behind the wheel. Vance rejoined the field in 12th as he looked to charge back to the front. Soon after Vance rejoined the field Pombo caught up to him and the two MINIs drove nose to tail as they continued to try and work their way toward the front.
#37 Pit stop and driver change.
Unfortunately both found themselves in a position where they couldn’t really gain any ground. The gap between them and the cars they were chasing was to hard to close. In the end the #37 of Low and Vance was the top finishing MINI in 13th place.
The MINI JCW Team will hit the track again at Road America on August 6th. Full team results are in the table below. Full field results can be found here.
|Car #||Drivers||Start||Finish||Laps||Best Lap||BL Speed(MPH)||Status|