Stevenson Camaro Celebrates Victory Number Three In Canada
Montreal once again welcomes this American Team to victory lane
The Stevenson Motorsports team hails from Jacksonville, North Carolina in the USA but this team LOVES Montreal, Quebec, Canada! At the Montreal 200, the penultimate race of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 season, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R led 50 laps to take the team?s second win this year. (They also led over 50 laps at the race prior to this one, at Watkins Glen.) Last year at this race, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Stevenson team had two cars finish on the podium and in both 2009 and 2008 they came home victorious. That makes 3 wins and 4 podiums in 4 races.
Hooray pour Montréal!
As planned, Robin Liddell was teamed with Ronnie Bremer for this race (Jan Magnussen had another racing obligation elsewhere) and together they split the 50 laps led with 27 to Liddell?s credit and 23 for Bremer. Liddell had the last stint and he held off a hard charging Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 70 MazdaSpeed / castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 to win by just .289 seconds. The effort was made even more difficult when Liddell ran wide with just a few corners to go and Bomarito pulled up alongside him. Liddell was not about to let this win slip away so he quickly brought the Camaro back on line and resumed his position ahead of the Mazda. That is how they crossed the line as well, with Bomarito?s fire-belching Mazda unable to pass in the last few feet before the finish line.
Liddell: "I was under a lot of pressure from the No. 70 Mazda; they were able to get off the slow corners a little better but the Camaro is so good on the Brakes that it was going to be very hard for them to pass us. Obviously we are super happy with the result. Last weekend at the Glen was another to forget but fortunately it was followed quite quickly by another, much more successful one! The team performed very well again, and although we lost a little time in the first stop the second, more crucial one went without a hitch and we were able to maintain the lead until the end."
After a driveline failure took the No. 57 Camaro out of the lead in Watkins Glen - with just 20 or so minutes to go - the win here in Montreal went a