Stevenson Motorsports Seeks Return to Belle Isle Victory Lane

Thursday, June 2, 2016

No. 6 and No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS machines are bound for the Motor City for Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

LIVE! - Saturday, June 4 at 12:30 PM on FS1
Green flag at 12:40 PM ET

TRACK SPECS:  2.34-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit. The race marks the second and final street circuit on the IMSA WeatherTech schedule.

STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS DRIVER LINEUP: 
No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS  -- Andrew Davis + Robin Liddell                                                                     
No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS -- Matt Bell + Lawson Aschenbach

FRESH OFF BEST RESULT OF 2016: The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championship winning team arrives with momentum from its season-best result of fourth at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca four weeks ago. After a spirited drive by Robin Liddell saw the No. 6 Audi R8 LMS in podium contention in the final minutes of the race, the Scotsman ultimately accepted a top-five finish at the checkered flag while the brother No. 9 Audi R8 LMS of Matt Bell and Lawson Aschenbach scored a top-10 finish.

RETURNING WINNERS: When Stevenson Motorsports last visited the Belle Isle circuit in 2013, the driving duo of Robin Liddell and John Edwards took victory with the team’s Camaro GT.R. The Stevenson group also took a podium finish of third at the track in 2012. The 2016 event will mark Stevenson Motorsports' first visit to a street circuit with the Audi R8 LMS.

NEW LOOK FOR LEUKEMIA/LYMPHOMA AWARENESS: The No. 6 Stevenson Motorsport Audi R8 LMS will have a new look for Detroit as it features the names of loved ones affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma in an effort to raise awareness for cancer research and funding for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Read more about the cause and donate directly here: http://www.ladyinred.red/

TESTING, TESTING…: Even though Stevenson Motorsports hasn’t been in race action for almost a month, the team has not taken time off. The twin Audi R8 LMS machines put in valuable laps around the freshly repaved Watkins Glen road course and most recently tested at Road America.

CONGRATS TO ASCHENBACH: Lawson Aschenbach took his No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro Z.28/R to the the GTS victory in Pirelli World Challenge competition at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, marking his 20th career PWC win. He went on to take another victory in GTS at Lime Rock Park last weekend. Aschenbach remains at the top of the GTS championship standings with 690 points.

ANDREW DAVIS KEEPS BUSY: Lawson Aschenbach wasn’t the only Stevenson driver to spend two weekends racing in PWC competition since the previous IMSA outing at Laguna Seca. Andrew Davis was also in action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Lime Rock Park and took home three top-10 finishes.

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FROM THE DRIVERS:

Andrew Davis, No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS – "I really enjoy street circuit racing, and I'm excited to be returning to Belle Isle with Stevenson Motorsports. After competing in the inaugural event there in 2012 on the original circuit layout (for Brumos Racing), I felt the improvements made to the track upon my return in 2014 provided an even better venue for close racing. There are so many variables when it comes to driving through the streets - bumps, concrete walls, blind corners, and changing track surfaces make driving difficult and nailing a set-up challenging. Additionally, the schedule is rapid paced leaving little time to get things perfect before it counts. In reality, all of these things play into our strengths at Stevenson Motorsports. We've been quite busy testing our Audi R8 LMS since the last event, and we are looking to ride that positive momentum into this next round of the championship. Our confidence is high, and we are all looking forward to battling it out on the streets of Detroit in this ultra-competitive GTD category. It's going to be a great show for the fans!"

Robin Liddell, No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS – "My first time racing at Belle Isle was in 2007 at the ALMS race. That didn't go so well for us but when we returned with GRAND-AM some years later the layout had changed for the better and we podiumed in 2012 and then won the race in 2013 with Stevenson, so we are pretty excited to be going back there. Both Andrew (Davis) and I have raced at the track but that doesn't mean a lot on a street track as it can be so unforgiving. The great thing I find about driving on a street course is it demands total focus to be quick and consistent. The Stevenson team have been busy in the break since Laguna and we have learned a lot about the car and continue to do so. Whether the Audi is well suited to the bumpy streets in Detroit remains to be seen but with the short wheel base and high downforce level on the car I'm sure it will be a lot of fun to drive around there."

Lawson Aschenbach, No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS – “Detroit is quite challenging. It has a variety of slow to medium speed corners and significant surface changes. There is little room for error, but that’s what makes street course racing so unique. It brings out the best in drivers and forces you to strive for perfection each lap. Track position will be the key due to the limited passing opportunities and short race distance. We’ve been making strides as a team over the past few weeks. Testing has been very positive and allowed us to learn a bit more about the Audi R8 LMS. We are stronger than ever as a team and we are all looking forward to the race!”

Matt Bell, No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS – “I have never been around the Belle Isle circuit, but attended the race a few years ago. I am both a bit nervous and very excited to race there. As far as street circuits go, this one seems different. It is on a beautiful island and is a bit more interesting than the usual all-90-degree layout of places like Trois-Rivieres. I'm not sure how our Audi will fair there compared to the competition, especially the very fast Porsches, but I am confident we will bring our "A game"! As always, I'm impressed with how this team operates and how much they learn between events. I think we should be more competitive than we were at Laguna. It's been a while since I've been on a street circuit. The last time I raced on a track lined with walls was Trois-Rivieres in 2010, so I'm excited to do it again. There's something exciting about places like this. It's almost an amusement park feel. The layout and density of the events always make them fun. The cars have been completing staggered tests between events, being sure to stay within the rules about how much each car can run. That said, the tests are very efficient and effective at learning as much as possible about this new race car. The guys have made the car much stronger than it was when we started, and on a personal level, I am more comfortable with it. Not knowing how the current BOP will line us up, I am still very confident that we will do well on the street course.”

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