Exclusive Interview: James Clay of BimmerWorld Racing on Barber win
Coming off a enormous win at Barber Motorsports Park we had been able to sit down with James Clay, Group Principal/Drive, of BimmerWorld Racing for an thrilling interview.
As of appropriate now their three BMW 328s are getting prepped for their subsequent race in Homestead-Miami but James took a tiny time out of his active schedule to give us some insight into the 2012 season, the upcoming season and what it feels like to win a race.
BMWBLOG: 1st off congrats on the effectively deserved win! How does it feel to be back in the winner’s circle with BimmerWorld?
James Clay: I believe we are all genuinely joyful to be back the place we belong: on the podium. Last year was really making an attempt as we designed the new M3 cars and were faced with considerably stiffer ST competitors as effectively. We came into the series with a great deal of E90 knowledge and improvement and had a fantastic 2010. But as the field methods up their game, we had to do a great deal a lot more perform to locate the very modest gains that our policies permit. This winter was 4 straight months of function and on the other side of it, it is all paying off.
BMWBLOG: Barber is a difficult track and race on the calender that typically ends up claiming very a number of racers. What was the technique going into race day and how was the team in a position to keep out of so much difficulty?
James Clay: Barber is a challenging track at the greatest of occasions, but when near to 80 autos are stuffed onto it for a single race, it can be and was fairly a mess. The GS vehicles are the very first to get the green in our split start off format and in two attempts, they had wrecked sufficient cars to bring out the yellows almost right away. In fact, on the 2nd a single the ST field did not even start racing. We had all observed adequate carnage by the time that mess was cleaned up that I feel most people took a little more cautious strategy as the genuine racing started.
BMWBLOG: The race itself took above 30 minutes to really get rolling below green flag situations. What did you and the other drivers do in the course of this time? Speaking of the problems on track what does the radio communication appear like when the green flag drops and is rapidly yellow flagged?
James Clay: Properly, we discover techniques to hold occupied. Perform comes initial and undoubtedly there is a great deal of communication necessary so everyone can get through the mess cleanly. After that, it is an evaluation of the scenario, time that will be spent cleansing it up, when we will go green once more, and how pit and race methods ought to adapt to meet the predicament. Then apparently we have a short time period to goof off prior to our race engineers slap us on the hands for chattering. Racing is not always a head-down activity and as lengthy as it falls amongst critical points and we are all doing what we want to do, we take the chance to appreciate it a tiny.
BMWBLOG: The routine has been modified this year from Daytona to Barber to Miami instead of the Rovals back to back. Does this cause any added problems in terms of automobile setup for the group?
James Clay: Not actually. We have a different setup for almost every single track we go to, so changing setups is a standard component of the operation. It does mean that we have to change mindsets although, which is a little tougher. Rovals with so significantly time on the oval like Daytona and the Homestead professional configuration are a bit various to drive and I think as road racers we are all considerably pleased to get back to organization as typical following those events are accomplished. But Barber is also a minor bit of an oddball, on the opposite intense of the quickly, flowing Daytona, so it is nevertheless a matter of getting done with these three races.
BMWBLOG: Right after Miami the series will be running many classic road courses but in the middle of individuals is an fascinating and new stop for 2012. Continental Tire Sports Vehicle Challenge will make a halt along with Grand-Am Rolex in Indy. The addition of NASCAR helps make this halt very a large scale race weekend for the fans. The routine is interesting when hunting at it from a participants point of view as BimmerWorld will be able to unload earlier in the week but simply because of NASCAR and Nationwide activities you qualify and race very same day with no practice sessions. What does this suggest for the team and autos? There is a two-day check earlier in the month and with that test are there actions the team will take to make positive the auto is prepared straight from the hauler to the qualifying session immediately after the test days?
James Clay: Indy will be a matter of good results by means of preparation for our series, I believe. With one particular day to get all on-track activities completed, any hiccup in the overall performance of the automobiles will cost precious track time. The two-day test gives everybody a likelihood to dial in the basic setup for the track and the drivers to find out it, so that is an crucial piece in the preparation for the race. I feel it will be an awesome event for the two teams and supporters, but the preparation necessary is great and even though I know we will be on it, at this point I am far more targeted on currently being in a excellent place following the rest of the races when we come into that occasion.
Also, I would like to add that CRC Industries, manufacturer of Brakleen and a single of our team sponsors, will be giving away a trip to the Indy weekend including VIP tickets and hospitality, hotels, and so forth. for the total event. You can sign up on their Facebook page and it is an awesome supply!
BMWBLOG: 2012 should be an exciting rest of the season but we would like to request a last question about subsequent year. BimmerWorld is recognized for running touring cars from their World Challenge days and your 1st season of ST turned in excellent results. The group has re-targeted on ST for 2012 with the E90 chassis and the results and overall performance have been quite good! The E90 has reached the end of it’s production lifestyle at this point and replaced by the F30. Can you shine some light on in which this puts BimmerWorld in terms of racing? Is the E90 legal for racing in ST for 2013? If not can you get a waiver to get an additional season? Or can we all be fired up to see a turbo BMW 328i mixing it up across the US in 2013?
James Clay: The E90 will be professional-eligible for 5 years after production ends, which for the E9X can most likely be extended to 2018. Certainly the F30 is the subsequent in line and seems to be like a great car, but I would be a prosperous guy if I could predict the future, and a dumb one if I told every thing I know about it. We will have to wait and see!
BMWBLOG: Thanks once more for your time and a final congrats! We want you luck and we’ll see you once more at every single cease this year!
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