Lakeville, CT – An encouraging, solid weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Calvert Dynamics is being followed by a quick-turnaround, as the two-car Pirelli World Challenge team will look to conquer Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park this weekend in a pair of Porsches piloted by sports car ace Andrew Davis and Preston Calvert.
For Davis, who anchors the team’s GT effort in the No. 76 Porsche 911 GT3-R, the weekend at CTMP produced finishes in a very tight and competitive field. His run on Sunday was hindered by contact from another car that significantly damaged the right-rear wheel on his Phoenix Performance prepared Porsche. Despite the hiccup, Davis soldiered home to a top ten finish.
“I pushed hard in our Calvert Dynamics Porsche Porsche GT3-R all weekend. We made improvements with the car each session, but simply missed the mark a little bit during qualifying. We were expecting more, but we were relegated to mid pack on the starting grid. I was able to make up positions in both races and secure two top ten finishes for the team,” said Davis. “I’m certainly not satisfied with the ultimate results, but I feel that we made the best with what we had at this event. This team deserves better results, so we will be pushing very hard to move up the standings in the upcoming events.
Davis hopes to capitalize on his pace at Lime Rock, a short and aggressive natural terrain road course, at which Porsche has a long history of race wins and sports car success.
Memorial Day weekend at the circuit has become a rite of passage for Northeastern race fans, who pack the facility for the weekend for a party-like atmosphere.
“The Memorial Day event at Lime Rock is such a historic event. I’ve run it myself multiple times, but I also remember watching it on television with my father when I was just a little guy,” said Davis. “Porsche was a long history of success at Lime Rock, so I’m optimistic that we will have our Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3-R running strong at the event.”
The team’s second car, driven in the GT Cup class by Calvert, enjoyed two solid runs at the tricky CTMP course in Ontario. The No. 77 was unable to repeat its podium form seen at Barber or St. Petersburg, but Calvert hopes to return to trophy-acquiring status this weekend, and currently sits third in the GT Cup point standings.
“We will move on to Lime Rock Park this week with some improvements in handling setup, and hopes of better finishes for both cars. Lime Rock is a classic rhythm track, with a sub minute lap time. For the driver it is a constant roller coaster ride,” added Calvert.
After racing on Sunday afternoon at CTMP, the Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance team packed up and drove straight to Lime Rock, loading in on Monday evening. Tuesday followed with traditional afternoon testing. The weekend will be a quick one, with a two-day format and races on Friday and Saturday afternoons with live coverage on world-challenge.com.