Touring Car News
BimmerWorld Drivers Send a Message at Mosport
By Source: Bimmerworld
Aug 27, 2008 - 12:04:23 PM
Riding a high into Canada after at win at the previous round, the BimmerWorld BMW team proved a point at Mosport but look to Road Atlanta for their next shot at victory.
"As soon as the lights went out and I rocketed into second to start pressing for the lead, I was completely convinced that we would win," said James Clay, owner and driver of the #36 BimmerWorld BMW E90.
Clay, a winner just two weeks ago at the Road America round of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car championship, endured the frustrations that can come when a top finishing position is at hand.
Clay's E90 suffered an axle shaft failure with the race leader firmly in his sights. "If you race long enough, you will have mechanical failures. That's the first time we have broken that specific part, but we will certainly be doing some engineering analysis and replacements on the cars to prevent this from happening again."
The outcome of the race might have been different had the part held on for just a few more laps. "I would say that it came at about the most inopportune time possible at Mosport, but it is a part of racing. I feel like I had the race well in my control and it was a matter of time before I made a move on Chip Herr for the lead. The car was perfect up until the axle went, and I think we had a great shot at claiming two in a row."
Clay wasn't the only BimmerWorld driver to agonize over a lost opportunity. Teammate Seth Thomas was poised to deliver a top-3 finish when an unsuccessful pass for second place relegated the #38 BMW E90 back to 12th place.
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