DeltaWing to return to its debut site at COTA

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The DeltaWing coupe will return to the track to it made its debut two years ago as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to the Lone Star State and the Circuit of the Americas.

The team hope that with recent performance gains, an eighth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and sixth at Road America paying testament to that, they can go even better at COTA and take the fight to the Ligiers, Corvettes and various other prototypes.

Thanks to steps forward in engineering in the car, coupled with a lot of testing by drivers Memo Rojas and Katherine Legge, the DeltaWing crew are hoping the car can achieve on the promises it laid out all those years ago when it was first unveiled.

Extra pace and reliability has been found thanks to a new gearbox and rear assembly for the dart shaped car alongside alternative takes on pit strategy to push the car up the field.

Katherine Legge said: It’s been an impressive journey. Everyone has been buoyed by our recent progress and we’re looking forward to getting back to COTA. We haven’t been back here since the beginning of the coupe’s lifecycle. COTA is a phenomenal facility, it’s become much storied in a short amount of time. The track is very unique in its layout. There are so many change-of-direction corners; a lot of flowing sweepers that go from one to the next.

“Traditionally, we haven’t set the car up for those kinds of turns, but we’ve gone back to the drawing board for COTA and hopefully we’ll be able to prove what we’ve learned both here and at Petit Le Mans. We’re looking to finish the season strong, as a springboard into next season. We’re hoping to learn as much as we can this weekend so we can race for the win at Petit.”

That was something Rojas also mentioned: “The last two races have been very encouraging. The team has worked hard on the car and it seems as though the gearbox situation has been sorted. Now we’re looking for performance: first you find reliability, then you find speed – and we showed good speed at Road America. I would say that the recent test at Road Atlanta was the best test I’ve had with DeltaWing. The team has made great improvements on the car, especially in terms of reliability. We were close to the lap record at Road Atlanta and that’s very promising.”

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