19 Apr Winward/HTP Motorsport completes two-day test at Mid Ohio
The Winward/HTP Motorsport squad battled hostile conditions at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course as it completed two interrupted days of testing ahead of Round 3 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the the 2.4 mile road course. The original plans to test for two full days were scuppered by a distinctly unseasonable cold snap which saw day one wiped out as a thick blanket of snow covered the thirteen turns.
“Unfortunately the weather at Mid Ohio was awful, on Wednesday the temperatures were sub zero with Snow flurries during the day,” explained team owner and driver of the #57 Sonic Tools AMG GT4, Bryce Ward. After a welcome rise in temperature the following day, the Houston based team was able to get some incredibly valuable track time. “The Mid Ohio track crew did a great job of clearing the snow off the track, the sun came out and by 1pm on Thursday all the ice on the track had gone and we managed to get the cars on track,” Ward continued.
After a cautious start, Bryce Ward was able to get properly acquainted with what is one of North America’s most technically demanding tracks. “I managed to get a solid hour in the car tip toeing around to start with and slowly increasing to a comfortable speed. The layout is really nice with lots of elevation changes and some technical corners. My favorite section is from Turn 4 through 9 which is non-stop action. I am looking forward to going back to put what I have learned into practice.”
Driver of the #33 Techemet AMG GT4 and team driver coach, Damien Faulkner, was able to find the positive after a two frustrating days. “Although we literally only ran for about three hours we had a successful test. Successful in that both Russell [Ward] and Bryce got sufficient mileage to learn Mid Ohio and I was able to jump into both cars for comparative information. Aside from the weather we had no hiccups as a team and everyone performed well in the freezing temperatures. These three hours will prove invaluable when we return for our race next month.”
Round 3 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Showdown, takes place on May 6th. You can also get session-by-session updates from the Official Winward Racing Twitter and Instagram accounts at https://twitter.com/