We have our eyes on the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing (RSR) Simply Vegas Audi RS 3 LMS, co-driven by Race for Relapsing Polychondritis driver, Jon Morley, and Gavin Ernstone in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class.
Morley, who we recently announced has officially joined the Race for RP team, is a long-time and dedicated supporter of the program and currently coaches amateur driver, Neil Langberg, in the Ferrari Challenge North America series with Scuderia Corsa. Jon is also the founder of the Mediocre Golf Association, which recently organized the first Race for RP golf outing at a golf course near the breathtaking WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ahead of the Ferrari Racing Days event there in early May. While he may have a laid back approach to the fairway – the associations slogan is “kinda alright since 2006” – Morley is anything but that when it comes to automobile racing. Saturday’s P3 finish in TCR at Watkins Glenn International is a great example of this. It was RSR’s second podium in a row, which was an uphill fight with an ultimate battle charge by Morley that got them to the podium.
Thank you to Roadshagger.com for the race details leading to this summary:
Slated for the second leg of the four hour endurance race after Ernstone’s stint, Morley took the reigns 15 minutes ahead of plan and exited the pit a full lap down. He soon realized that the power steering was malfunctioning and had to make immediate, on-the-fly adjustments, something only a driver of his caliber would be able to do well. Still a lap behind the leader, Morley ran some aggressive lines in an effort to unlap himself, but with mechanical issues holding them back the team strategized to pit and go into a fuel conservation mode.
Eventually acclimating to the steering issues and running at a consistently fast pace well into the fourth hour of racing, Morley ultimately found himself about 10 seconds behind third position, but had someone coming up fast on his tail, eventually passing Jon and the P3 car putting the No. 61 Audi in fifth place with one lap to go. But Morley had a podium finish and his sights and made a determined run past the white flag into the last lap moving himself into fourth. Hard charging the Audi through the final several turns, their fuel strategy would prevail with the car ahead faltering on the last turn, and Morley with a fast-thinking an undoubtedly slick evasion maneuver would cross the finish line in P3.
Congratulations to Jon Morley, Gavin Ernstone and the entire Roadshagger Racing team supporting the No. 61 Simply Vegas Audi. It was absolutely fantastic to see your excellent performance at Watkins Glen International. We greatly appreciate your wonderful results, which drive relapsing polychondritis awareness and accelerate autoimmune disease research. We’re grateful for Jon’s support and having him on the Race for RP team and look forward to RSR’s continued success in the Michelin Pilot Challenge.