Palmer is starting P2 and Fong is P4 for today’s race in Canada. Watch the live stream at http://world-challenge.com.
At the halfway point, we’ve been green the entire time. Palmer is in 2nd, less than a second behind the leader. Fong remains in fourth, 7 seconds behind Palmer.
Great run by the entire field. Solid green all the way through. Patrick Long (Porsche 911 R) leads from flag to flag and was fast enough to win the pole for tomorrow’s race.
Palmer finished 2nd, Fong finished where he started in P4.
Back to back podiums for Andrew Palmer!
Unfortunately, Adderly Fong was tangled up with the Acura of Ryan Eversley and ended up off the track. The car didn’t look too damaged but Fong climbed out and the #88 was done for the day.
We’ll see what the damage is as its only one week until Lime Rock.
Race officials have penalized JD Davison’s #33 Nissan. One source reported it was for avoidable contact with Eversley’s Acura, another source reported that the penalty was related to non-functioning cameras in his car. Regardless, the penalty moves Andrew Palmer up to 2nd place. Davison is appealing the decision.
Edit 7/11/16 - Davison has won an appeal to the SCCA and his time penalty was reduced moving him back into second and moving Andrew down to 3rd place. Source: Sportscar365
Race 1 at Lime Rock saw Fong finish in fourth and Palmer in fifth. Palmer was very fast in qualifying and during the race. He was trailing Alvaro Parente’s McLaren when Patrick Long spun him, setting him back to 7th with 15 minutes left in the race. Palmer was fast enough to get the pole for Saturday’s race #2.
Tough weekend for everyone. Palmer was due to start from the pole but was involved in an incident during warmups. (see: “Andrew Palmer Suffers Head Injury At Lime Rock”) The race would go on later in the afternoon with Parente winning again in his McLaren. Fong would finish the afternoon’s race in P6.
There have been no updates on De La Torre nor Palmer since May 28th. Myself and the entire racing community are sending positive thoughts and prayers to both of them.
An update from Aston Martin. No updates this week on Palmer’s status.
De La Torre has been released from the hospital:
Medical Update - Jorge De La Torre has now left hospital and will continue his rehabilitation at home in Texas pic.twitter.com/6jk7DpsLyS— Aston Martin Racing (@AMR_Official) June 8, 2016
I’ll be at Road America this weekend for Indycar and the Pirelli World Challenge. Bentley Team Absolute Racing will have one car there, the #88 driven by Adderly Fong.
Road America is a great track for Bentley. The Continental GT3 debuted in North America there in 2014. In 2015, Bentley Team Dyson Racing had two cars there for a three race event where they were on the pole or close to it for every race, including a win by Chris Dyson.
Absolute’s Adderly Fong hasn’t run at Road America before but you can expect him to be very competitive there this weekend. The weather will be in the low 80’s this weekend with a small chance of precipitation. If it stays dry, the Bentley should be able to really hook up its Pirellis for some quick lap times.
Caffeine & Octane - nasportcar.com will be hosting a public coffee with drivers and fans at the Mantella Autosport Transporter in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock. The event is Sunday morning at 8am and is a great opportunity to meet some of the drivers and other racing fans. DM me if you will be there and I’ll be sure to say hello.
Andrew Palmer is making progress. A representative from the driver says his condition is improving.
I’m having so much fun here at Road America. The course and the people are amazing. I’ll put together a photo post of the event, which include today’s Kohler Grand Prix.
Fong started in the pole for race 1 yesterday. After coming in way too hot in turn 5, he was left to climb back from P5. He ended up passing two to finish on the podium in third. He starts P4 for this morning’s race #2.
Adderly stepped up huge this weekend with two podiums, moving Bentley Team Absolute up to third in championship points. I was there for the weekend and had a blast meeting other Bentley enthusiasts and visiting with the team.
Here’s the write up: http://pursuingwo.com/fong-gains-valuable-points-experience-road-america/
A gear box failure caused the 88 of Adderly Fong to DNF in the first race. This put him in 18th place for the start of the weekend’s second race.
He had moved up to 10th with only 3 minutes remaining when he got loose coming in too hot to a corner and went off into the gravel trap. Thankfully he avoided the wall an was able to rejoin the course and remain in 10th place.
For the weekend’s second event, Fong started 18th and was able to move up to 11th by the checkered flag.
Notable: Andrew Kim was visiting the team this weekend. Kim, who drives a Bentley GT3 in GT Asia for Absolute Racing, is rumored to be a potential 2nd entry in the World Challenge while Andrew Palmer is out with his injury.
Bentley Team Absolute bounced back from the frustration at Mid Ohio and Adderly Fong laid down to great races. His Continental GT ran flawlessly and he earned two second place finishes and a bunch of championship points along the way.
Write up coming to the blog this evening.
Andrew Kim Joins Absolute Racing At Sonoma
According to a post Kim made on Instagram, he will be joining Bentley Team Absolute for the next round of the World Challenge at Sonoma. We reached out to Absolute to confirm the entry of a second car and will update this post once we have more information.
UPDATE Absolute Racing has confirmed Kim will be running the #78 Bentley Continental GT alongside the #88 of Adderly Fong.
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