After being crashed out in last two races, Stevenson Team comes all the way back for a win, the team's fourth win in five races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
In the previous two GRAND-Am Rolex Series races this season, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R was put out of contention by crashes. This time, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the team stayed ahead of the field to take a convincing win. The Stevenson team has enjoyed much success in Montreal, having won this race four out of the last five years. They won in both 2008 and in 2009, placed second in 2010 and won again in 2011. Robin Liddell was one of the drivers in every one of the four Stevenson Team wins as well as for the second place finish. This year, his co-driver was John Edwards.
Edwards put the Camaro on the pole for this race and that put the team in a powerful position to go all the way. In the end, he and Robin Liddell finished under a second ahead of a hard charging AIM Autosport Ferrari 458, with the Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8 just another second back in third.
Edwards used his pole position to drive away at the start and sustain his lead until the first caution period. Team Manager Mike Jonson elected to keep him out on track to strengthen his track position. When the second yellow period came out after about 40 minutes of racing, Johnson brought him in for fuel, tires and a driver change. Robin Liddell left the pits with the lead intact.
With about an hour remaining in the race, Liddell's radio plug fell out and he could not hear Johnson's information and direction. The team went back to the old fashioned means of communication and waved a sign over the wall letting him know it was time to come in with about 40 minutes to go. Liddell was able to fix the radio problem right before pit in and overall the team completed another great stop. Liddell would go on to lead the rest of the race with a hard charging Ferrari trying desperately to catch him.
Team Owner John Stevenson knows how hard his team works to keep their Camaro at the front at every race and he was as enthusiastic about the team's performance at Montreal as any owner could ever be.
"The team performed beautifully again this weekend!" Stevenson said after the race. "Everything from the well-executed pit stops, to the complete team effort by the crew and the flawless driving of John Edwards and Robin Liddell, combined with Mike's brilliant race strategy.