Laguna Seca: AIM/Doncaster Saturday report

DP qualifying AIM Autosport qualified seventh for Sunday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., but the strong qualifying effort was lost when a minor technical violation put...

DP qualifying

AIM Autosport qualified seventh for Sunday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., but the strong qualifying effort was lost when a minor technical violation put the No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI back to 17th on the 19-car grid. Burt Frisselle of Lynchburg, Va., qualified seventh in the gold-backed car he shares with Mark Wilkins of Toronto, but his lap of one minute 21.605 seconds on the 2.238-mile road course was disallowed when the car's front bodywork was found to be too wide. The bodywork was damaged in an off-track excursion on Friday, putting it just out of compliance. The car was one of four sent to the back of the grid.

"I'm so happy with the car today. We had a great race car," Frisselle enthused. "Unfortunately for me, I had a ton of traffic and I was only able to get one lap that was remotely clear -- and I still got blocked. We were going to start seventh, that was a great result and a good place for us to start because our car is really coming together."

GT race

Doncaster Racing was zapped during the Saturday Rolex Series GT race at Laguna Seca. Dave Lacey of Toronto started 11th on the 22-car grid, gained four positions in the first two laps of the race and moved up to fifth during his stint. Greg Wilkins of Toronto took over at 1h2, returning to the track 12th. Fighting a throttle problem, he went off-track and had to wait for a tow to continue. He dropped to 17th, but regained two positions to finish 15th.

Dave Lacey "We didn't really have a great setup on the car until warmup. We started 11th and worked our way to fifth, then unfortunately, Greg had a bit of problem with the throttle sticking up in the Corkscrew, went off and got in the gravel. We're looking to get to the setup earlier in the weekend for the next two events; we've got the sweet spot on the car now."

Greg Wilkins "The throttle was sticking under braking, which was making it a bit hard to get the car slowed down. It got a bit of turn-in oversteer and I just lost in up in the Corkscrew and that set us back for the day. The car was actually pretty good, very driveable. It's a hard track, a very physical track and you don't get much time to rest out there."

-credit: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Mark Wilkins