The No.57 Stevenson Audi R8 LMS earned a convincing IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class victory with Andrew Davis and Lawson Aschenbach. The victory was the first for the team with the Audi R8 LMS after suffering through multiple race outings with mechanical issues plauging the team.
Unloading with a quick car at the start of the weekend, the team's Audi R8 impressed with a strong pace in practice followed by Davis securing a front row starting spot during Saturday’s qualifying for the two hour and 40-minute event.
On race day a fast two hour opening segment saw Davis take the lead on Lap 6 before turning the car over to Aschenbach during a Lap 39 pit stop. Moving into the lead on Lap 45, Aschenbach grew his advantage to over 17-seconds ahead of his nearest competition.
After a brief rain shower and a pair of caution periods, Aschenbach’s lead was erased. But Aschenbach managed to hold on to the point with well-timed tire strategy calls from the pit box allowing him to score the victory through the changing conditions which saw both rain and dry running.
The victory marks the return to the GT class victory lane for Stevenson Motorsports, and the first since joining IMSA WeatherTech series competition in 2016.
“What really helped us was having great pit stops during long green flag runs,” said Aschenbach. “This Audi R8 LMS was just on rails all weekend thanks to Steve Newey’s engineering and Mike Johnson’s strategy. It’s a weekend sweep for Stevenson Motorsports. I wish Johnny and Susan Stevenson could be here but we are so proud of this win and they deserve it more than anybody else.”
Davis admits the end was a nail biter but had all the faith in the world that his teammate Aschenbach could pull off the win.
“I had faith in Lawson (Aschenbach) and I knew that we had this win,” said Davis. “We lost a team member last week, Dexter Johnson, who was a very integral part of our team so this race is for Dexter. I am so happy for John and Susan Stevenson and we wish they were here to celebrate with us. Just an amazing job by the whole team for great pit stops and great strategy calls. This is a big win for us and hopefully there is more to come.”
The next round of IMSA WeatherTech competition will take place at Lime Rock Park on July 21st – 22nd.
*From team media release
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