On Wednesday, the eEuroparts.com Racing team participated in the IMSA sanctioned Balance of Performance testing for the upcoming 2018 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season at Daytona International Speedway. This event will prove important in determining the starting weights, horsepower, and potentially other changes for the upcoming racing season to create competitiveness across entries from the difference manufacturers. We are excited to get to know our Audi TCR contender with it’s new TCR class rule changes.
The eEuroparts.com team, based on our experience in 2017, and with professional driver and instructor Lee Carpentier at the wheel, was in the mix right out the gate in the TCR and GTS practice session on Wednesday. The session featured 7 total TCR entries that will be fairly representative of the field that will take the track for the upcoming Continental race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The entries consisted of five Audi RS 3 LMS TCR, including the Audi Sport factory test car, one brand new Volkswagen GTI TCR and, one brand new Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR.
Live timing and scoring was a closely guarded secret for this event, but our GPS lap data (and an old-fashioned stop watch) were able to give us a gauge of what the practice looked like, and we felt like we were in the mix. There will certainly be a lot of work to do over the upcoming months. A minor technical issue ended our day on Wednesday but the crew did a great job of getting the car back together quickly and we were still able to conduct further testing on Thursday before heading back up to chilly New England. Our Audi RS 3 LMS TCR is more than up for the challenge.
Based on everything we saw, TCR is shaping up to be an exciting and competitive class that will only build throughout the year as more entries are added by Audi, Volkswagen, Alfa, Honda, Hyundai, and Mini-cooper.