This week's episode of Sportscar365's Double Stint Podcast recaps the WEC and ELMS action in Silverstone, as well as IMSA and PWC at Long Beach; RGR Sport by Morand's Bruno Senna calls in to discuss his WEC LMP2 win at Silverstone and we answer a viewer's question. Click Here: http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/double-stint-silverstone-recap-bruno-senna-interview-4-19-16/
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IMSA Spotlight: Trent Hindman
Driver: No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
How anxious to get back in the car are you after the long layoff after Sebring?
“Very. Not sure if anxious is necessarily the word though, I think in this scenario it’s more of a motivation to go racing again following a difficult race weekend such as Sebring. Looking for redemption possibly?
“The time certainly passes quickly though, especially because we have been very busy at Bodymotion Racing preparing for next week’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Circuit of The Americas.
“For us it is really just a matter of going out and proving to ourselves that no matter what adversity comes our way, we will still find a way to win.”
How much do you and your co-driver Cameron Cassels stay in contact during the time between races?
“It’s constant communication. Cam is a guy who is incredibly motivated to improve his craft behind the wheel of our Cayman GT4, or of course any car he drives for that matter, so we will always be comparing notes prior to arriving to the track.
“It’s definitely a very eye opening experience for me to be a part of his development as a driver because I too learn a lot about myself in the process. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
In your recent column for Sportscar365, you mentioned that you and Cameron were still new to the team at this time last year. How much has the year of chemistry that you have developed helped this year?
“Although at this point last year Cameron and I were new to working together alongside Bodymotion Racing, it’s pretty safe to say that we were all on the same page right away despite the inexperience.
“Chemistry when working with a group of people is not something that can be created artificially. Funny enough, I was already very close to everybody over at Bodymotion since the shop is roughly five minutes away from where I’ve lived all my life.
“For a while at the end of 2013 and all throughout 2014 while I was driving with Fall-Line in GS, I was the guy sweeping floors, mounting and dismounting tires, loading and unloading trailers, etc.
“Those experiences alone made this whole process of learning how to work together specifically with this team in a highly competitive environment much, much more straightforward and Cam really fit in well to that dynamic.”
You finished second at COTA last year. Does that set the bar for this year’s race?
“It does, but that is something we cannot focus on alone once we get on track next week.
“It’s great going into a race weekend knowing that you had success at that particular circuit in the past but for the most part it does not mean that the return will go as well as you expect sometimes; just look at Sebring for us between 2016 and 2017.
“Taking what we learned from last year and applying it once we get on track next week will prove to be advantageous, but we still have much to learn in order to stay ahead of both new and existing teams in the Continental Tire Challenge.”
What track that you haven’t driven before would you most like to get the chance to drive?
“Ah, tough question! I’ve been very fortunate to drive a lot of very, very special circuits over the last 3-4 years but I’ll still maintain that Watkins Glen is the greatest place ever. Period.
“There are certainly some tracks that are better than others, but I don’t think I have ever climbed out of the car and said to myself, ‘Wow this track is just terrible.’
“When it comes to a track that I would like to drive at some point, Nurburgring is at the top of the list for me since, well, it’s the Nurburgring. Came really close to running a few VLN races in 2015 but unfortunately that didn’t work out.
“Imola is another track that I hear is absolutely phenomenal and it definitely seems like it. Hoping to get there by the end of this year if all goes to plan!”
Or they could just leave the successful Sprint format alone. I hate artificial racing and that’s what the SRO is forcing the series into with these pit stops.
Mirko Bortolotti believes that being part of an all-factory driver lineup in the Blancpain GT Series this season puts he and Lamborghini in a better position to fight for the overall title.
The Italian driver says that having two new co-drivers this season was fundamental in winning the opening Endurance Cup round at Monza last weekend.
“It feels amazing because this is a win that everybody wanted,” Bortolotti told Sportscar365. “It’s always very important to have a strong race when you’re racing on home soil, both for yourself and obviously for the factory as well.
“It’s very important to start the season well, because we expect a lot from this season and we have high expectations.”
He explains that Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s choice to pair him with newly minted works drivers Christian Engelhart and Andrea Caldarelli in the No. 63 Grasser Racing Team car was made with the main aim of winning the overall title this season.
“In our car, Lamborghini decided to have three factory drivers in a Pro lineup in order to go for a title attack, and this is our main goal for this year,” he said.
“We will try to be as far out front as possible to be able to fight for the title at the end.
“We’re not only looking at the Monza race now, but also looking at the entire championship, which is the absolute priority for Lamborghini.”
Along with Grasser Racing Team’s new lineup, a new-for-2017 front tire specification has also helped the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 to take the first win of the Endurance Cup season, Bortolotti adds.
Pirelli came out with a new front tire ahead of this season, which has made the Lamborghini front tire slightly narrower but with a larger profile.
“We came to the conclusion that on the Lamborghini side we were running a different front tire compared to Audi, for example,” he explained. “This was a decision taken back in 2014 so we had to carry that in 2015 and 2016.
“We were running a lower shoulder on the front compared to Audi, and in some races this was a disadvantage, especially in warmer races in terms of temperature.
“We are now running exactly the same tire size on the front as the Audi R8 LMS. This was the difference compared to last year.
“We had a 325/660 tire, but the Audi spec was a 315/680. This year, Pirelli changed the front tire completely, so it’s now a 325/680 for both us, Audi and several other GT3 cars.”
The new tire size was the main change made to the car over the off-season, Bortolotti explains, and he expects it to help the performance of Huracán GT3 compared to its rivals.
“I was involved in a lot of testing this winter in order to adapt our car, and we were used to the old-spec tire we had after three years with it, so it was a big change to get a different front tire,” he said.
“Once we took the decision on the front tire, we started testing in order to get a lot of data for both the new tires and especially the long-run balance, performance and degradation.”
Lamborghini rolled out the Huracán GT3 in 2015 with a two-car program run by Grasser, before expanding to sell more than 50 cars to customer teams worldwide last year.
The large-scale customer program has been very successful, Bortolotti says, as all teams running the Huracán GT3 work closely with the manufacturer to help develop the car.
“We have strong opponents because we are not the only car on the grid. We have several other Lamborghinis,” he said. “We get the same amount of support from the factory as the other teams, so there is not a privileged car from Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s side.
“If we find something that can make the car more consistent or more quicker, this is something we share with all teams to make sure that all the customers and drivers are happy with the package at their disposal.
“For us it’s a privilege and an honor to see so many cars on the grid. It’s the result of hard work and that means that we’ve done something right since we started this project.”
Mazda Road to Indy star Nico Jamin will make his Pirelli World Challenge debut in this weekend’s GTS round at Virginia International Raceway with ANSA Motorsports, the Florida-based team has confirmed.
The 21-year-old Frenchman, who is fresh off victory in last weekend’s Indy Lights race at Barber Motorsports Park, will pilot one of the team’s KTM X-Bow GT4s, in an all-new driver lineup from the season-opening round at St Pete last month.
Jamin will join Ricco Shlaimoun in the pair of GTS entries, just a month after sweeping the opening IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda weekend at Sebring in ANSA’s Ligier JS P3 car.
“I am very happy to be back behind the wheel of one of the ANSA Motorsports’ race cars,” Jamin said. “We’ve had a lot of success together recently in LMP3, and this will be a new experience for me on the KTM GT4 in World Challenge.
“I have never driven this race car before, and I have never been to VIR either, so it will be a whole new experience for me, but it should be fun! I’d love to bring more trophies to display in Alain Nadal’s shop.”
Two-time national karting champion Shlaimoun, meanwhile, is also set for his PWC debut, as the youngest driver in series history at the age of 14.
“It’s a huge deal, and I have a lot riding on it,” Shlaimoun said. “Since I am only 14, there is a lot of pressure on me, but I have been
practicing during the off season and know the KTM X-Bow race car and the VIR track well, so I am expecting a decent result.”
Both Frankie Montecalvo and Bill Ziegler, who drove the cars at St. Pete, have not returned, with Montecalvo focusing efforts on his new SprintX drive with Always Evolving.
Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Alex Brundle reflects on his recent trip to Beijing to celebrate team co-owner Jackie Chan’s birthday.
Yes they do, if you do a web search using “2017 IMSA technical bulletins” or “2017 IMSA competition bulletins” you will find them. They keep them hidden in plain sight, mainly for competitors and guys who run sportscar websites.
2018 C7R ZR1 GTE DOHC V8 engine, different aero, next year?
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