Fall–Line Motorsports signed off on a successful four days of testing with the rest of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as they begin preparation for a GTD campaign with the Audi R8 LMS.
The Illinois based team stepped up into the GT class of the Rolex Series from the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in the second half of the 2013 season and are set to continue with the Audi in the GTD class of the USCC in 2014. The team had previously confirmed Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub at the team for the coming season. Across the testing at both Sebring International raceway and Daytona International Speedway the pair were joined by fellow Fall-Line stalwarts with Al Carter and Bryan Sellers as well as Audi factory driver Christopher Mies.
“The test was exciting and we certainly accomplished a lot,” said Putman. “As drivers, we are starting to make friends with the car, which is much improved over where we left off last year! There is still a mountain of learning to be done both engineering-wise and driver-wise, but we are off to a good start. We are going to be very busy over the holidays and right up to the Daytona 24. It is great to see everyone on the team so excited and motivated by this project.”
Team manager Michael Harvey added; “it was great to be back at the track to start testing with our 2014 program. We had a detailed test plan which we successfully accomplished at both tracks. The car performed very well and we managed to cover a lot of miles, which was important for both the drivers and engineers. Obviously the first two events are big ones so car preparation and track time for the drivers is extremely important. As always, the Fall-Line crew did a great job and with the amazing support we receive from Audi sport customer racing this test was a great success.”
The USCC season begins with the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25-26. However, series testing continues with sessions in December before the Roar Before the 24 running at Daytona International Speedway in early January.