Dyson & Brabham Score Emotional Lime Rock Trans Am Sweep
May 31, 2022
Chris Dyson and CD Racing substitute driver Matthew Brabham dominated the Memorial Day Trans Am by Pirelli race at Lime Rock Park, lapping the field on their way to a sweep of the top two steps of the podium. For Dyson, who had been victorious in the two most recent races at the historic New England circuit, it was a feel-good win. His dad, Rob, who has a winning history of his own at Lime Rock, was the grand marshal for the race and greeted Chris and Matthew in the Winner’s Circle.
“This place has meant so much to me my entire life,” Dyson said as he climbed from his #20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang following the 100-mile sprint race, noting that in 1985, as a seven-year-old, he’d watched his dad Rob’s team score a Memorial Day win in its IMSA Camel GTP debut. “This is my home track. I went to driver’s school here and won my first SCCA national here. Having my dad as grand marshal makes the day all that much more special. Winning at Lime Rock never gets old.”
For Brabham it was his first look at the track where his father won the 1988 Camel GTP race.
“I’ve been hearing about Lime Rock my whole life,” Brabham said. “Growing up my family would talk about what a great race track it is,” the third-generation racer said as he waited to climb onto the post-race podium. “Now that I’ve done a race here, I can see that for myself. I’m grateful to Humaid (Masaood) and Chris for putting me in the car when Humaid couldn’t make it for the race.”
This weekend wasn’t Brabham’s first time in a Trans Am car. He won the 2021 season finale in the CD Racing #20 ALTWELL car while substituting for the series’ champion-elect after a family matter forced Dyson to withdraw from the race at Circuit of the Americas.
Taking All the Points
Dyson set a Trans Am lap record on his way to winning the pole. That performance, coupled with setting the fastest race lap while leading the event from green flag to checker, leaves Dyson, the reigning Trans Am champion and winner of five of the six races run so far in 2022, with maximum points from the weekend and in a favorable position when the season begins its second half at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in late June.
It was a bit more of an uphill climb for Brabham, who flew in from Indianapolis with Rob Dyson following the Indy 500. Brabham’s first look at the deceptively challenging circuit was through the windshield of the #21 allgram Ford Mustang during the brief race-morning qualifying session. And Brabham didn’t even get the full session after Tomy Drissi, Dyson’s closest rival in the championship battle, crashed heavily but without injury, ending the session after less than 10 minutes. That left Brabham fourth-fastest and still learning the track after fewer than a dozen flying laps.
With Drissi forced to withdraw from the race, Brabham lined up for the start third and then for several laps following the green flag increased his knowledge of the track and comfort in the car while trailing the second-place Corvette of former series champion Amy Ruman. Once past Ruman Brabham continued to lower his lap times on his way to the runner-up finish.
Trans Am Second Half Starts at Mid-Ohio
The sixth race of the 2022 Trans Am by Pirelli season takes place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, June 23-26.
Video Coverage of Lime Rock Park
The Lime Rock Trans Am race will be televised on a tape-delay basis on CBS Sports Network and also MavTV, dates TBA.
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