Friday
Dec082017

Tomy Drissi Completes Successful Test With BAR1 Motorsports at Daytona 

Tomy Drissi completed a successful test session driving the new BAR1 Motorsports Multimatic –Riley Mk 30, P2 car at Daytona. The test was mandated by IMSA to give teams and officials an opportunity to establish a base line for performance heading into the 2018 season. This was the team’s first opportunity putting the car through its paces. 

“This was an amazing opportunity,” said Tomy. “Being a part of this new chapter in BAR1’s legacy is very flattering. It’s a unique experience to test where you’re preparing a new car for the season. And this is more than just a new car, the team is moving up to a division where they’ll be competing for overall wins. That’s huge.”

“As a driver,” added Tomy, “a test like this is quite a different experience. Typically, your role is to get out there and work hard at shaving lap times. Finding an edge and looking for an additional 1/100th of second. In this situation, you’re experimenting in broad strokes. You’re looking for changes that bring balance to the car and continually weighing every change for efficiency and endurance. Fast lap times are irrelevant if your running the car into the ground. You have to find a balance where the car is both fast and durable throughout the entire race. Being involved with the project from the ground up is very cool.”

Tomy was an integral part of the team’s season ending 1-2 finish at the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the final race for the team’s (and Series) ORECA Prototype Challenge challenge cars. BAR1 ended a successful six year history in the PC division.  

“Winning Petit Le Mans was a special moment for the team and for me, personally,” added Tomy. “I really appreciate Brian [team owner, Brian Alder] extending the invitation for me to participate in the test. Obviously, moving to the P2 class is a huge opportunity for the team and this test is an important first step in that transition. The car is much more sophisticated and certainly more powerful than our PC cars. Daytona is the perfect place to begin the process of bringing the car and team up-to-speed.”

BAR1 is also scheduled to be in Daytona December 12th as they continue their testing schedule for 2018.

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