The Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut was a one day meeting on Monday, May 30 but it’s not a race that Olly will want to remember too kindly. He and team mate Gunter Schaldach finished 8th in their Banner Racing Camaro GT.R and had to run for much of the race with a severely down-on-power engine due to a broken plug wire.
With two practice sessions, qualifying and a 2 hour 45 minute race to fit in, there was hardly time to breathe from start to finish. On top of that, the first practice session took place in very damp conditions before the sun came out for the remainder of the day. Gunter qualified 6th although neither he nor Olly were particularly happy with the car’s handling. Changes were made before the start which Gunter took, with temperatures now at 85oF. Although he started very consistently, high cockpit temperatures began to adversely affect Gunter and, as a consequence, his performance suffered.
After a spin off the track, he managed to pick up a plastic cone which wedged itself under the hood of the Camaro and that caused the broken plug wire which affected the engine’s horsepower output.
Olly drove for the final 75 minutes of the race but, despite his best efforts to improve, the lack of engine power prevented him from securing a third consecutive podium finish for the team and he brought the #07 home in 8th place in the GT class.
There’s now just a few days before the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen, the 6th round of the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.