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Birmingham, Alabama played host to the 4th round of the Grand-Am Cup series. The inaugural weekend showed us why the track is being referred to as one of the best; with it's variety of elevation changes, diversity in the corners, as well as fast, slow, and medium chicane combinations, all making this track a hard beast to tackle.
Friday: Rain was in the forecast for most of the weekend, making the LM Racing/RC Imports team happy, due to the Audi A4 1.8 liter Quattro drivetrain. Both practices were shortened due to an on-track incident, so track time was limited. John Legg set out to qualify, while not getting much open track, he was still able to qualify the car 14th overall, as well as in class; an accomplishment due to the lack of track time and large grid of over 30 cars.
Saturday: Race day looked promising for the LM Racing/RC Imports team. With rain all Friday night and into Saturday morning, the Audi was looking to shine. John started the race on a wet track, picking off cars left and right. By lap 10, the Audi was all the way up to 2nd place. He stayed there for a good 25 minutes, but the position unfortunately did not last. A blown radiator and head gasket sidelined the car for about 40 minutes. Rick Ellinger got in the car on an extremely wet track after the repairs, easily as one of the fastest cars. Such a great finish was swallowed up by mechanical failures, and the team finished 15th place.
Look for Rick next in a TC Kline BMW Z4 at California.
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