Liddell & Davis Deliver Brickyard Glory
INDIANAPOLIS — The new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R and Stevenson Motorsports have proven to be the combination to beat in the car’s first year of Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition.
That was true once again Friday as Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis co-drove to their third victory of the season in the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Liddell drove the No. 6 Stevenson Automotive Group Camaro Z/28.R to the checkered flag 3.494 seconds ahead of Trent Hindman in the No. 46 Trim-Tex/Cirroco Ozzimo BMW M3. It was the fourth win in eight races for Stevenson Motorsports and the third straight for the team after Andy Lally and Matt Bell won at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park two weeks ago in the No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R.
Liddell and Davis also won two races ago at Watkins Glen International and in March at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway.
“The car is a great car and the team has done a super job to have both team cars in contention for the last number of races,” Liddell said. “We worked really hard over the winter and in those early races did a huge amount of development to get it to the point where we are now.”
It was a tale of two races for Stevenson Motorsports. Bell started the team’s No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R from the pole and was in contention for much of the first part of the race. A mechanical issue followed by a three-car incident involving Lally, the No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro Z/28.R of Lawson Aschenbach and the No. 46 entry, relegated Lally and Bell to a 19th-place finish.
The incident knocked out two of Liddell’s closest competitors, allowing the Scot to conserve fuel and tires en route to the win.
By finishing second, the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 team extended its lead in the GS-class standings, while Hindman also was able to extend his points lead in the driver standings. Co-driver John Edwards did not meet the minimum drive time required to score points at Kansas Speedway and thus does not share the lead in the driver standings with Hindman.
Shelby Blackstock and Joey Atterbury finished third in the No. 48 Starstruck/Trianon Hotels BMW M3.