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Unitronic Audi Falls Short After Leading Most Laps at Lime Rock

Jul 22nd, 2021 EventsMotorsports
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In what looked to be a turn around in good fortune and performance from the Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSport team after leading majority of the sixth round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Championship at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, an unfortunate fuel pressure and steering rack failure with 15 minutes to go dropped the team down the order to a 4th place finish.


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

MONTREAL, CANADA – With the summer season of races heating up, the Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports team has been hard at work trying to solve some of the reliability issues that have cost them glory at so many of the previous IMSA races. With only 7 days between when the team’s transporter arrived back at the JDC-Miller MotorSport headquarters in Savage, Minnesota until it would need to leave for the next race, the full time crew members worked away night and day to find solutions to the reliability issues they had seen before.


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

Having found some potential solutions, the team optimistically headed to Lime Rock Park, which has been a JDC-Miller MotorSport favorite after a victory in 2018, and a second place finish in 2019. The weekend started out just as planned with two solid practice sessions for the team finishing no lower than 4th place, while working on long distance running and not necessarily on outright pace. Qualifying brought mixed conditions for driver Chris Miller, with a torrential downpour minutes before the session. Navigating the tricky conditions, Miller wanted to make sure he got a good starting position without risking an incident in qualifying, and that is exactly what he was able to achieve with a 4th place finish in qualifying!


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

Known as the ‘Bull Ring’ of race tracks, the race got off to an quarrelsome start with many drivers making contact and in the process starting driver Chris Miller doing his best to avoid the carnage, getting collected by the Alfa Romeo of Roy Block, spinning the #17 out in turn 1 and dropped him down the order. Luckily without major damage, Miller was able to continue and started to work his way back up the order! With minimum drive time set at 40 minutes and a caution/safety car period coming out at that exact time for another incident on track, the team decided to pit and use this opportunity to swap drivers and inspect the damage on the car.


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

With a great pit stop by the Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSport crew members, the #17 rocketed up the order and restarted in 6th place. South African born Mikey Taylor made quick work of the remaining TCR cars ahead and rocketed the #17 Audi RS3 LMS to the front where he stayed for the majority of the race. With the climax of the race approaching and 15 minutes to go while leading the field, Taylor radioed the team reporting there was an engine cut due to fuel pressure , coming out of the corner, which he said was manageable until the end, Unfortunately to add onto that, the steering rack which ironically had been replaced before the event started to lock up causing the car to handle sporadically in the turns.


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

Unfortunately with the combination of issues, Taylor could not defend against the charging pack behind and had to give up the lead ultimately dropping him down the order to a 4th place finish. “There were still a lot of positives from the weekend, I got to spend time with our awesome group of guys and my co-driver Chris, we got to represent our fantastic partners, and we led a bunch of laps. Without the issues for sure we should have won, and I'm mostly just disappointed to not be able to reward all the hardworking guys behind the scenes with a victory. We’ll be back, better than ever and give it another shot in Wisconsin!” said the Atlanta based South African.


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

The team will head to the famed Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Road America 120 on Saturday, August 7th. On track action at Road America begins at 8:45 AM on Friday August 6th. Tune into IMSA.com for timing and scoring results, and follow along via on the UNITRONIC social media channels for behind the scenes action. You can also stay up to date on our activities, learn more about the team, our pro drivers, the #17 RS 3 LMS TCR race car, our tremendous sponsors and shop for team merch on www.getunitronic.com/motorsports!


Uni JDC Audi RS 3 LMS TCR

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC


About Unitronic®
UNITRONIC® engineers industry-leading aftermarket performance enhancing software and hardware for Audi®, Volkswagen®, Seat®, and Skoda® cars worldwide. Best known for its performance software engine and transmission calibrations, Unitronic enhances vehicle performance while maintaining complete OEM-like reliability and drivability. Unitronic’s UniCONNECT+ Programming and Diagnostic Interface empowers Unitronic Clients to safely reprogram their engine and transmission control modules from the comfort of home, anywhere in the world. Learn more about Unitronic's competitive advantage at www.getunitronic.com


About JDC-MILLER MOTORSPORTS
JDC-MILLER MOTORSPORTS is a world-class multiple championship winning sportscar racing team, with a total of 18 championships, 60 wins, 57 pole positions, and 195 podiums, most of which coming by way of their Prototype class programs running in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Highlights include an Overall Win at the Six Hours at Watkins Glen in 2018, 2017 Winner Extreme Spirit Award, and 2017 Winner Jim Trueman Award, providing the team an automatic entry into the 2018 24 Hours of LeMans. Learn more at www.jdcmotorsport.com


About LIQUI MOLY USA – Canada
LIQUI MOLY USA – Canada is a subsidiary of LIQUI MOLY GmbH, a global motor oil and additive company based in Germany selling products in more than 150 countries. LIQUI MOLY offers more than 4,000 items globally covering automotive, powersports, commercial vehicles, boats and watercraft and more. LIQUI MOLY USA - Canada is actively involved in motorsports in numerous capacities highlighted by teams in IMSA USA and IMSA Canada, TC America and Trans AM. Learn more at www.liqui-moly.us


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