San Jose BMW Team wins Inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 21, 2006) -- The San Jose BMW team made history at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, winning a dramatic Inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona. The race was the first event in the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series.
Brian Parriott of Calistoga, Calif., Belgian Stephane Mertens and Nate Kern of Cherry Hill, N.J. held on to take a 14.856-second victory on their No. 46 BMW R1200 over the No. 18 M4 EMGO Suzuki SV1000S of Michael Barnes of Boca Raton, Fla., Geoff May of Gainesville, Ga. and Chris Ulrich of Lake Elsinore, Calif. In addition to claiming the overall win the BMW team took the Buell Motorcycle Company SuperSport Twins (SST) class.
The winning team completed 228 laps of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.
"Everything went smoothly," Parriott said. "The settings were perfect, tire wear was phenomenal. The times of our three riders were all within a second of each other, and I think that won the race for us."
The No. 32 Vallely Racing Suzuki SV1000S ridden by Chuck Ivey, Josh Day of Orlando and Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, Ont. completed the podium overall and in the SST class, five laps behind the winners.
The San Jose BMW ran near the front from the start of the race and found itself in a commanding lead after the No. 83 BMW Cycles Daytona BMW R1200 of John Haner from Austin, Texas, Sydney, Australia's Warwick Nowland and Mike Ciccoto of Sebastien, Fla. ran out of fuel on track with just over three hours remaining in the race.
The M4 EMGO Suzuki entry fought its way back from outside the top 10 after suffering a gearshift problem on the team's second scheduled pit stop just over an hour into the race. But the team was back up into second place with an hour and a half remaining and put on a furious charge to catch the leading BMW.
The Suzuki, with May aboard, made its final pit stop for a splash of fuel with 22 minutes to go and trailing by just under 30 seconds. May then lapped over two seconds quicker than the leading BMW as the laps wound down, but was unable to erase the deficit.
"We knew the Suzuki had to refuel one more time, so we weren't too worried," said Mertens of the closing laps. "The crew was really fantastic. They made no mistakes."
The No. 83 BMW Cycles Daytona entry recovered to finish fourth overall and in SST and fifth place went to the No. 7 Team Zyvax Suzuki SV1000S ridden by JB Layman and Scott Layman of Ellijay, Ga. and Steve Green of Knoxville, Tenn.
McBRIDE, BARNES AND TROTTIER TAKE BMW GRAND SPORT TWINS (GST) CLASS WIN In BMW Grand Sport Twins (GST) action in the 8 Hours At Daytona, Matt McBride, Pat Barnes and Robert Trottier put together a dominating performance, riding the No. 96 DucatiToronto.com Ducati Multistrada to a 25- lap victory over the No. 70 James Gang Racing Buell XB12.
The No. 19 Ducati finished 14th overall, 21 laps behind the overall winner, and held the class lead for all but four laps in the inaugural SunTrust MOTO- ST Series event at the "World Center of Racing." The team avoided major difficulty and McBride, one of the top riders in the Canadian Superbike series, rode the No. 19 across the stripe to take the victory.
"After the first two stints that we did, after the first hour, we had a lap lead on them so we had a little bit of a cushion," McBride said. "But in this racing, that little bit of a cushion doesn't really help. It can do away pretty quickly. We had our head down the whole time. We stuck to the same game plan. We put our heads down every time we went out and tried to do consistent laps and we kept it to the end."
"It was a really good day," Barnes said. "Endurance racing has kind of fallen out for a while and it's come back with the (Sport) Twins. I think there's a great future with the Twins in racing. Today, they can last and go. Everybody has fun and we went fast."
"Pat Barnes was actually the creator of the team," Trottier added. "He called me and I came on board second and then we got a hold of Matt. This bike that we rode is actually a sprint bike for the Canadian Thunder Series that Ducati Toronto built. So I basically threw it together in a week and a half to get it ready for endurance racing. I didn't realize how much work it takes to prepare for endurance bike and how different they are from a sprint race bike."
The No. 42 Team Daffy Ducati PS1000LE of Adam Faussett, Aaron Barry and Jason Routhier crossed the finish line second in class but failed the post- race Dyno test and was disqualified. That moved the No. 70 James Gang Racing Buell XB12 of Paul James, John Fox and Greg Avello into second place in the BMW GST class. The No. 70 Buell was also the only other bike to lead the BMW GST class, running at the head of the class field for laps 13-16.
TEAM HURTBYACCIDENT.COM SCORES SPORT TWINS CLASS VICTORY AT DAYTONA In what turned out to be the tightest and most exciting class battle of the inaugural MOTO-ST Series 8 Hours At Daytona, a speedy late-race pit stop by Team HurtByAccident.com enabled rider Steven Breckenridge to cruise to victory on the No. 16 Jostens/Czaia & Gallagher, PA Suzuki SV650, alongside Floridians Nicole Hoffman and Mark Crozier.
Breckenridge rode the final stint of the race, dueling Robert Wilkey's No. 17 Kawasaki Team Green Kawasaki EX650 well into the seventh-hour of the eight-hour enduro. Wilkey, running second at the time, brought the No. 17 machine down pit road on lap 209 of the 228-lap event for a late splash of fuel, handing controls to teammate Derick Keys.
One lap later, Breckenridge brought his No. 16 bike down pit road for fuel, hurrying back to the track to maintain the lead. Unfortunately for Keys, he was forced back down pit road just one lap into his stint with apparent issues on the No. 17 bike, enabling Breckenridge to enjoy a 24.205-second cushion once the checkered flag flew. Keys finished second alongside co- riders Wilkey and Matt Lapham. In total, the ST class saw 30 lead changes among four bikes, a testament to the close competition on the track.
"This was just amazing," said Breckenridge. "The history of this place, the competition on the track, everything. I watch the Rolex Series endurance races on SPEED and see the SunTrust car at the front of the pack. Now, to ride at Daytona in the SunTrust series and win, this was great."
All three riders on the No. 16 battled for the lead throughout the race, one that saw the lead change hands virtually every lap for eight hours. The No. 16 bike led a race-high 87 laps. Hoffman, one of two female riders in the field, is a NASCAR employee and is certainly relishing her victory at the 'World Center of Racing.'
"This was a coming home for me," said Hoffman. "All of my friends and family were here. It was wonderful. The crew did a great job, our pit stops were fast, and I can't say enough about Mark and Steve. They were outstanding throughout the whole race."
"It was such a great battle between us and the (No.) 17 guys for about two- and-a-half hours," added Crozier, from Palm Coast, Fla. "We saw this as sort of a tortoise and the hare situation. We might've been lacking a little bit in horsepower, but we know that if our stops were good and we raced smart and clean, we'd be there at the end."
Pirelli has been named as the sole supplier of SunTrust MOTO-ST tires for the inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona as well as the first full season of competition in 2007. All competitors will use Sunoco GT unleaded fuel. Horsepower limits are enforced by a Dynojet chassis dynamometer.
The 2007 SunTrust MOTO-ST season opens back at Daytona International Speedway with a race scheduled for 500 kilometers on March 3-4. Tickets may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP.
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