BimmerWorld: Watkins Glen SPEED TC — When Good Turns to Bad in 45 Minutes
June 20th, 2008
BMW World Challenge Touring Car team on pace for three cars in the top-10 at Watkins Glen until disaster strikes, entire team out in one corner. Video now on SPEED and YouTube.
The old racing adage about needing to ‘win or be spectacular’ was never more evident as a crash in the final corner found all three BimmerWorld BMW E90’s involved and out of the race on the spot.
Recounting the events of the impact, BimmerWorld owner/driver James Clay, at the center of the crash that involved teammates Nick Esayian and Seth Thomas, stated “I came into Turn 11 and just couldn’t find any front end grip. I got the car pointed, but needed about 3″ more track than I had. As soon as the car touched the tire wall, it got sucked in and started this chain of events. I am very glad that Daniels who was behind me, as well as my teammates and myself made it through the incident without any real injury.”
Bumps and bruises are a normal part of top-tier touring car racing, but despite this, Clay’s crash left him in awe of the BMW E90’s BimmerWorld has built. “This wreck was violent and the scariest I have ever been in. It is a real testament to the safety we’ve engineered into these racing cars.”
Despite the lost opportunities of a strong finish at Watkins Glen, the competitiveness of the cars has Clay remaining upbeat for the rest of the season. “The cars keep getting better. I know we have the power right now, but we still seem to be fighting a little bit of an uphill battle with the grip. I was running in 5th and also visited 3rd place briefly on the first restart before losing a place to slot in, and being shuffled. This seemed like it was going to be a good race before disaster struck, but there’s no reason for us to let a bad weekend at Watkins set us back.”
A team like BimmerWorld would rather gain media attention from its success, but Clay has seen the interest come pouring in over their crash footage. “Our crash made SPEED on Wind Tunnel AND SPEED Report