DALLAS, Texas (May 25, 2016) – After two runner-up finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last week, Bentley Team Absolute is taking its podium momentum to Lime Rock Park for the latest round of the Pirelli World Challenge championship.
It’s been a quick turnaround for Bentley Team Absolute; it had less than 34 hours to traverse 425 miles and clear customs before test sessions commenced at Lime Rock Park in northwest Connecticut. The trip was made easier by the fact that the team had just earned its first two World Challenge podiums and was carrying two second-place trophies to Lime Rock.
A legendary circuit in North America, Lime Rock Park is a short seven turns and 1.5 miles, with only one left-hand turn. Once again neither Andrew Palmer (US) nor Adderley Fong (HK) have raced at the circuit previously, but lack of track knowledge has yet to stop them from putting in strong (and podium-worthy) performances.
The Lime Rock Grand Prix presented by Bentley takes place May 27 – 28. Friday’s race goes green at 4:55pm ET, while Saturday’s race is set to start at 4pm. Both races will be streamed live on world-challenge.com.
Andrew Palmer (US) #87 Bentley Continental GT3
“I’ve never been to Lime Rock. I know it’s quick and a short lap, so the lap times will all be pretty close and qualifying is going to be key. It’s another place like Mosport, in that where you qualify could be where you finish, because it’s so tough to pass. I’m excited about it. I know its one the more iconic tracks in the U.S. Since it’s similar to Mosport, I hope we can carry some momentum in.
“I think the team is happy and we’re happy with the performance of the car. We’re human; you get a good result and it makes you eager to taste the champagne again. We’re going to try everything we can to repeat the podium performance. We gained two spots in the championship in Canada, so we’re thinking about the possibility of cracking the top-three by the end of the year. That would be big for us considering the tough start to the year that we had, which was really out of our control.”
Adderly Fong (HK) #88 Bentley Continental GT3
“I don’t know very much about Lime Rock Park. I’ve only driven it on a simulator. It looks like a mega track with nice greenery. It looks quite small and tight. It reminds me a bit of Barber Motorsports Park. I think with the average speed around this track and the flow of the corners it will suit the Bentley Continental GT3 very well.
“Morale in the team is good and everyone is gelling together. We’re feeling confident and we think the Bentley will perform well at this track. Both cars were working well at Mosport, so we know we’re getting it right.
“Luckily, in the accident at Mosport, we came away with not too much damage. It was just to right-rear corner of the car. The hub was destroyed, so we had to switch that out. It’s not a lot of work, but because the cars have to go from one race track to another it makes it a little more difficult. The car has to be prepared, rather than just set-up, so it just takes more time.”