Spectacular Racing & Much More Made For A Fan-Centric Memorial Day Weekend
We hope you were here for the Season Opener - the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Grand Prix at Lime Rock powered by M (our first major spector event) and the Sunday Royals Car Show, held May 25-28, 2018.
Bringing the tradition of Memorial Day Monday racing back to Lime Rock Park proved to be a success, giving race fans an additional day to experience the wheel-to-wheel action that PWC offers on Friday, May 25, with practice and qualifying; and racing on Saturday, May 26, and Monday, May 28.
The weekend was the perfect start to the summer-long action at Lime Rock Park with great weather giving way to ideal conditions for watching the races and celebrating during the holiday. PWC brought over 100 drivers and 88 race cars from across the world to compete in race classes while spectators watched from the grassy hillsides or toured the open and fan accessible paddock areas.
Among the headline finishes during the weekend, MarcoPolo Motorsport's Nicolai Elghanayan took the top spot in the overall and amateur classes of the GTS SprintX. Elghanayan drove a KTM X-bow and crossed the finish line on Monday after 45 laps in just over 44 minutes and 15 seconds.
It was the first time the recent college graduate had been to the Park. Leveraging the technology of today's top racers, he practiced driving the road circuit on his home simulator leading up to the race. “The simulator did a good job helping me with all the banking but when you come here you realize it hasn't prepared you for the g-forces going down the hill or the uphill twitch you get at the top. It's something that takes a lot of adjustment, even having come from racing Lotuses.”
The youngest driver in the PWC series and soon-to-be Harvard University student, 19-year-old Aurora Straus (ST Racing), went off track and hit a tire barrier in race one after tangling with another driver. Neither driver was seriously injured and moments following the crash Straus participated in a meet and greet with Girl Scouts of America from the area, speaking to them about racing science, technology and safety. Aurora then joined teammate Jon Miller in another BMW to finish 13th in race two of the GTS SprintX class.
Along with the racing excitement, fans had the opportunity to experience the activities of the Lime Rock Park Midway, which included driver autograph sessions, high-tech racing simulators, kids zone, unique collectibles and gifts, food trucks, and more.
While intermittent rain on Sunday made for challenging conditions during the Royals Car Show, participants were able to enjoy nearly 100 unique cars lining the tracks front straight. Revenue generated from the Royals Car Show will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The first-ever Farm-To-Track Picnic & Pig Roast held during the car show attracted more than 100 participants to enjoy fresh, locally sourced foods from area farms and purveyors.
The weekend was also a time to honor our Veterans and all member of the Military, active duty as well as retired.. Free general admission was granted to all servicemen and women and their immediate families. As is Lime Rock’s long standing policy, youth 16 and under were provided free admission.