In the third race of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Robin Liddell drove his Chevrolet Camaro GTR for Stevenson Motorsports. The Porsche 250 race presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 saw this Camero driver drive like he was there to win. However the team finished on the ninth spot after long caution periods, a few stints in the front of the pack and finally a broken suspension. After the race finished, the team is still trying to comprehend what stopped them from getting that podium finish. The manager of the team, Mike Johnson stated that he was simply at a loss for words at what had happened. The team had to face some issues with the car but the crew handled it very well, but as the sway bar on the car broke, the race was over for the team. He feels that such finishes are surprising because they have everything from a very professional crew to amazing sponsors but things donâ€™t go their way. The race at Barber Park was in a way excruciating as the track temperature was more than 130 degrees. The main cause of concern was the comfort of drivers and the life of the tires.
Robin Liddell admitted that the racing day at Barber was one of the hottest this year. The main problem of the driver was to conserve the tires as the heat would definitely take a toll at some point of the race. The good thing was that the track was clean and there were no tire `marbles` on them. Robin Liddell and his Camero co driver Jan Magnusson normally go one- two for most of the races but the sweltering heat at the course made them go one-two-one to avoid being dehydrated. The team lost some time because of an extra driver change and problem with the cockpit temperature as the air conditioner of the car was posing problems. In the initial phase of the race Robin Liddell showed promise as he led the field. However as the race continued it turned rough as he came in contact with other cars a few times. Once, the Chevy got spun around by a DP that collided with the No. 59 GT car a few laps later.
The collision impacted the handling of the car and the condition began to deteriorate further when the team came to know that their Sway bar has endured damage. Robin Liddell is still not sure whether the collision with the car had caused the damage or it was something else. Last few seasons have not been great for the Stevenson team and their performance at Barber has not helped them in any way. Mike Johnson stated that the team will have to get their act together and fight to get those much needed points. He stated that changes will have to be made before VIR to get back into the victory lane. The next race will be the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Virginia International Raceway in Alton commencing on the 25th of April this year.