Kinetic Motorsports #33 BMW M3 E92 Finishes 11th at Watkins Glen After Losing Power Steering Early On
June 5, 2011 - Watkins Glen, New York...The #33 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3 E92 of Jade Buford and Bryan Sellers finished just outside the Top 10, in 11th position and on the lead lap, at the Continental Tire 150 at Watkins Glen International this past weekend. Although the car lost power steering early in the race, the team feels pretty optimistic because they had a great car. Obviously an 11th place finish is not what they were hoping, but both drivers felt as though they would have been in contention for a podium finish if not for the issue with the power steering that caused them to lose valuable time each lap.
Jade Buford had a good qualifying run - putting the BMW ninth on the grid on Thursday afternoon. After two GS cars were thrown out of qualifying, he moved into seventh and started the race from the inside row. Buford felt the car was the best it's been all year, but lost power steering a little over half an hour into the 2.5 hour race. He stayed in the car a little longer than usual and fought the steering, before finally turning it over to Bryan Sellers after about an hour. The crew tried to refill the power steering fluid, but it leaked out almost as soon as they were able to put it in during a quick pit stop. Sellers had to drive his stint managing with the steering issues as well before bringing in home in 11th place.
Russell Smith, owner, Kinetic Motorsports: "It was an absolutely awesome first stint from Jade. The power steering went out somewhere around the half hour mark in the race and we're not really what sure what the cause was, but it really hindered Jade and Bryan's driving. There was a big leak, and we tried to fix it under yellow, and Bryan got it and did a great job. We have to keep plugging away. There was a lot of camaraderie among the team this weekend, so I'm very pleased with the non-racing side of what we did here."
Jade Buford, driver #33 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3 E92: "All things considered, the race didn't go so badly. We definitely made improvements on the car. It was probably the best today that it ever has been. We were just being patient, and unfortunately, we lost power steering. Both Bryan and I agreed that we lost about 2 seconds a lap and the car wasn't bad. We still managed to finish 11th, so all things said, not a bad weekend."