Edinburgh’s Robin Liddell scored his first class victory in almost two years when he steered his Pontiac to honours in the latest round of the Rolex GT Championship in Mexico at the weekend. Co-driver Andrew Davis qualified fourth and ran sixth in the 250-mile race before handing over to Liddell after 30minutes during a full course caution which saw Liddell leapfrog in to second place.
Liddell led with 95mins on the clock, a position he held to the flag 65mins later. At the chequered flag, following 100-laps around the 2.5 mile, 14-turn “high altitude” Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track which Liddell described as “tricky, fast and bumpy”, Robin finished 2.4secs ahead of GT championship leader Paul Edwards after a tense final 30mins.
“I’m delighted with this success,” commented Liddell.” It’s been a long time coming for me since August 2006, while it’s the first GT class win for the Stevenson Motorsports team in only the third race for its Pontiac GXP.R.
“My car was superb from the moment I got in it while the team, both in terms of servicing us at our pit-stops and the race strategy, when I opted not to take a splash of fuel which meant I had to conserve fuel quite a lot, was absolutely magnificent.”
Liddell’s next race is next Sunday at the Virginia International Raceway.