Borcheller Le Mans review, Watkins Glen preview

Le Mans wrap Terry Borcheller completed his third 24 Heures du Mans on June 14/15, although the team didn't finish as high as hoped. The Phoenix driver shared driving duty with Ralf Kelleners of Germany and Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga., in...

Le Mans wrap

Terry Borcheller completed his third 24 Heures du Mans on June 14/15, although the team didn't finish as high as hoped. The Phoenix driver shared driving duty with Ralf Kelleners of Germany and Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga., in the No. 94 Risi Competizione Ferrari Modena 360 GT.

Borcheller arrived at Le Mans just in time for technical scrutineering and the accompanying ceremonies. He wasn't able to participate in the advance test in May, so he was pleased with his ability to get up to speed quickly during two night practices.

The team qualified fifth and finished ninth in the GT class, after a two-hour delay to identify and repair an electrical problem. Borcheller was fastest in the Risi Ferrari through the first 18 hours of the 24-hour race, with a lap time of four minutes 14.7 seconds on the 13.65-km circuit.

"To be involved with Risi and drive a Ferrari at Le Mans, with the drivers I was with, was a great experience," he said. "The preparation of the team and the hard work of everyone was evident. The problem we had was beyond our control, but they were able to find it and get it fixed. They had the whole back end off the car and thrashed to get it done, but the car never skipped a beat after it was fixed. That's incredible!"

on to The Glen

Borcheller returns to the Rolex Sports Car Series this week, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4 with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., and Belgian Didier Theys. The three hope to combine for victory in the Six Hours of the Glen endurance race on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

"In a six-hour race, you're on the gas the whole time, but at the same time you can't make mistakes or be in the pits," Borcheller noted. "As long as you keep the momentum, keep mistakes to a minimum and keep the pace, you're okay. We feel the team has the car reliable and we have a really strong driver lineup."

Borcheller and Barber will also drive the No. 54 Bell Motorsports BMW M3 in the Grand-Am Cup GS race at Watkins Glen. With a win at California Speedway two weeks ago, they're looking for a repeat for Borcheller's sponsors K&N Performance Filters, Infinity2 Nutrition, Dark Dog, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Gatorz Eyewear and Goodyear.

"Coming off the win at Fontana, we've got a lot of momentum," Borcheller said. "There are 22 GSII cars in the race, but we're looking to have a good finish. It's a good track for the car when you're alone, but when you get into traffic in the race it's difficult because you lose the momentum and it takes longer to get back up to speed."

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The Grand-Am Cup GS race is scheduled for Saturday, June 21 from 2:45 pm to 5:45 pm and the Rolex Sports Car Series race is set for 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 22, both at Watkins Glen International in New York. The Rolex Series race will air at 2 pm on Sunday, June 22 and the Grand-Am Cup race will be telecast on July 5 at 4:30 pm, both on SPEED Channel. all times ET

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Series Grand-Am , Le Mans
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Didier Theys , Anthony Lazzaro , Bob Bondurant , Forest Barber
Teams Risi Competizione