Milwaukee, WI – Jeff Courtney and the No. 99 Kenda/RecStuff.com Audi R8 Ultra entered Rounds 3 & 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park April 24th-27th feeling confident after a third place finish at the Streets of Long Beach. Unfortunately the team was met with challenges during the second practice sessions on Thursday, April 24th and electrical issues ultimately cost Courtney the chance to run in that session.
“I think missing that session really hurt since we were already struggling” stated Courtney. “It seemed that from then on we were just chasing our competitors. This field is way too competitive to fall behind.”
The issues in practice meant that Courtney would start at the back of the pack for Friday’s qualifying session. Struggling with slower traffic Courtney turned a fast lap time of 1:27:916 with an average speed of 94.180, placing him in the eighth position on the GT-A starting grid and 17th overall.
“Obviously I am was not happy with our qualifying results” said Courtney “Unfortunately I showed a lack of patience and frustration and made contact with a slower car that was blocking me during qualifying. My aggravation stems from being blocked during qualifying in previous events.”
Courtney performed another great standing start during Saturday’s race and drove a smart race to improve on his starting position to score a clean sixth place GT-A finish.
“I am very happy with the starts we have been having at each event. We have been able to pick up multiple spots in each start. Unfortunately we just did not have the pace on Saturday to keep the cars we passed on the start behind us” said Courtney.
Courtney’s lap time from Round 3 of 1:28:013 placed him fifth on the GT-A starting grid and 15th overall for Sunday’s race. Once again Courtney had a good start. Unfortunately a Lap 1 Turn 1 incident in the GTS class brought on an immediate full course caution. Courtney lost a few positions on the restart but was able regain some ground and make passes and pilot his No. 99 Audi R8 Ultra to a fourth place finish.
“Sunday I felt that the team did a great job making some improvements on the car” said Courtney. “Overall it was not a great weekend for us, but we’re still in contention for the GTA Championship and only 24 points out of first place.”
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park presented by RECARO will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, May 10th at 4 p.m. EST and again on Friday, May 16th at 1 a.m. EST. The race can be streamed on-demand at www.world-challengetv.com