Beaumont competes in first 2015 USA race
30/04/15 - Classic Team Lotus is pleased to be supporting customer Andrew Beaumont in his American adventures this season. The first trip - The Classic Motorsports Mitty in Atlanta.
There was an 11 car grid, with Andrew in the only Lotus. He was joined by team mate Greg Thornton but this time, he was in his March 761.
The first of three planned qualifying sessions took place on Friday morning. Andrew drove well after a water hose failure in practice and qualified in 6th. He spent the next session learning the circuit and improved his lap times.
Saturday mornings planned qualifying 3 was abandoned due to a huge storm with heavy rain - the grid for Race 1 being decided, 1970s GP style, on the fastest times from all sessions, meaning Andrew would start in 6th.
The track was fully dry for the start of Race 1 on Saturday afternoon. Andrew drove a good race, again improving his lap times and finished in 5th, whilst team mate Greg lead from the start to take the top spot.
Race 2 was the feature race on Sunday. After Saturdays storms, day two at Road Atlanta dawned bright, breezy and hot at 78 degrees with a significant crowd looking on as the Masters USA grid formed up in the pit lane as the feature event of the Mitty Classic. Andrew once again, improved his lap times and finished in 4th place just 2 seconds behind James Hagan (Tyrrell 011), with Greg Thornton once again, taking top spot.
For a full race report, please visit The Masters Series website
The next American stop - The Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama on 15 -17 May