BAM! (British American Motorsport) earned its first finish in four races, successfully taking the checkered flag in the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. The team changed the transmission on the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Sunday morning, in an attempt to thwart continuing problems, after missing one practice on Saturday and part of the Sunday warmup.
Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen started the YES Network Porsche seventh on the GT grid. He quickly grabbed sixth in class at the start of the two-hour 45-minute race, then moved up to fourth during his 1h13 stint. Leo Hindery, Jr. drove the second stint, dropping back to 10th in heavy traffic on the 2.459-mile road course. Maassen returned for the final stint at 2h5 and improved one position to finish ninth in class.
The team's next race is at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Aug. 22.
Leo Hindery, Jr.
"It was nice to be there at the end this time. It just shows the competitiveness of the field that the top to bottom was within a hairbreadth. We can do better, but we've sure done worse. It's a real compliment to Sascha Maassen, who did a really nice job out there, and I was fairly consistent. If we can do it again when we get to Road America, we'll be fine. But it was nice to be reminded what a checkered flag was, what a [last-lap] white flag was, and no black flags, no yellow flags. It's always a pleasure to be at Mosport."
"We finished! The car was getting better during the weekend. We missed some time, of course, with all the gearbox trouble, but the team did a great job. We had the best car of the weekend on race day and that's what it's supposed to be. I especially enjoyed my last stint because the car was feeling good and I was overtaking so many cars. This is a good starting point for Road America. We can definitely still improve, but the basics are right."