By the time drivers in the Western Endurance Racing Challenge arrived at Buttonwillow in April, they had shaken the offseason cobwebs loose and focused on the task at hand: winning.
Teams that struggled with setup at the first WERC event of the season at Willow Springs in March had gotten things dialed in. But that doesn’t mean the race went exactly to plan. Some carnage early on and a late-race, full-course caution mixed things up a bit.
For example, contact early on between the Team USRD Ginetta G55 ES car and the Team HQ Autosport E2 car, knocked the Ginetta out of competition and brought out caution flags.
In addition to the mixed-class contact incident, Team Valkyrie Autosport blew its engine 10 laps into the race, ending its bid for an overall podium. Being the only car in ES, though, the team still took first place and collected the valuable points associated with