Starworks Motorsport win in Brazil
The American Starworks team once again took the P2 class victory in its HPD ARX-03b at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil, after a long mid-race battle with the Morgan Nissan of OAK Racing.
The Starworks Motorsport team started from the pole in the strong, 11-car P2 field after an outstanding performance on Friday by Stephane Sarrazin, but the #35 OAK Racing Morgan produced a formidable challenge, as the teams traded the lead throughout the first four hours.
Two hours into the race, Starworks’ Ryan Dalziel and the OAK Morgan challenger put on a thrilling battle for the P2 lead, trading places several times and running side-by-side up the long Sao Paulo front straight for three consecutive laps before Dalziel finally established an advantage.
Once in front, Dalziel and teammates Sarrazin and Enzo Potolicchio extended their lead over the remaining two hours to a three-lap margin at the finish, helped by a mechanical problem with the #35 OAK Morgan and a pair of pit-lane speeding penalties for the sister #24 car.
It was the third P2 win of the season for Starworks, on the heels of previous triumphs at the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans, and extended its class points lead after five of eight races.
Ryan Dalziel (#44 Starworks HPD ARX-03b) started 1st, finished 1st in P2, 3rd class win of 2012:“I think the Starworks HPD was the car to have this weekend! It’s a great package, but we have great people, too.
We turned up here and found that we were competitive straight away – we have an extremely fast and reliable car. Most places seem to come down to tire wear, and we’re extremely conservative on what we do to the car to make sure we can double-stint [the tires] consistently.
A lot of other cars seem to be falling off in their second stints and I think we’ve been strong at that all year. Today was definitely won by strategy, hard work, and a well-prepared car.”