After the devastating first lap double DNF from lap 1 at Road America, eEuroparts.com racing is taking a step back to assess the upcoming weekend. With significant engine damage on both cars, and a high mile transmission that has been through a lot of damaging electrical issues, both the #10 and the #12 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR Contenders came back to the eEuroparts.com warehouse shop for complete drive train overhauls.
The team has been working diligently to take a bit of extra time to make sure everything is ready for Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at the historically grueling Virginia International Raceway.
VIR has a little something of everything, testing equipment and crew in the ultimate balance of speed and handling. With sections like the Roller Coaster (Turn 14 and 15), and the Hog Pen shortly following it, the legendary course has a lot to offer both spectators and racers alike. There’s a significant amount of elevation change, decreasing radius corners, off camber turns, blind apexes to reward the most skillful of hands as they attempt to navigate the rolling Virginia countryside. Add a 3,000ft long straight away onto that, and you get a track that exudes character and variety.
Both Kieron O’Rourke and Kenton Koch are chomping at the bit to get in the stint they wouldn’t be able to drive at Road America. With fresh sealed drivetrains and a complete run through of both cars, the eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing team is feeling good about the upcoming weekend. With critical points on the line for the #10 in the drivers championship, there’s a fair share of pressure on Lee and Kieron to score big points. Tom and Kenton have been knocking on the door for a win since Lime Rock, and have big dreams of trophies and champagne.