Leitzinger, Dyson claim Watkins Glen win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Dyson Racing's pair of aging Ford-powered Riley & Scotts showed they still had some life left in them this evening in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at Watkins Glen International. After leading...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Dyson Racing's pair of aging Ford-powered Riley & Scotts showed they still had some life left in them this evening in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at Watkins Glen International. After leading most of the 99-lap race, Butch Leitzinger and Rob Dyson crossed the finish more than 20 seconds ahead of their teammates, James Weaver and Chris Dyson, to capture their first win of the season.

"The car was perfect today," Leitzinger said. "We had one small problem with the brakes, but that was it."

"The car was a little off today and we didn't quite have the straight line speed that we needed," runner-up Chris Dyson explained. "I think our engine was a little bit flat tonight."

Despite fuel pickup problems that forced them to stop four times instead of two, the No. 74 Judd-powered Riley & Scott of Jack Baldwin and George Robinson finished third overall, two laps behind the Dyson entries.

Electronic gremlins forced the pole sitting Doran Racing Judd Dallara of Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard Jr. to settle for twelfth overall, 12 laps behind the winners.

The Rand Racing Nissan Lola of Terry Borcheller and Anthony Lazzaro finished fourth overall and first in SRPII, one lap ahead of the second Rand entry driven by Niclas Jonsson and Marino Franchitti. "The race was uneventful because the number seven car had a little bit of a motor issue early on, so it made it really easy," Borcheller said. "The difficult part was maintaining concentration, not having anybody to run with." The BMW-powered Picchio of Darren Law, Andy Lally, and Armando Trentini claimed the final step on the SRPII podium.

Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner picked up their third consecutive GT class win, finishing sixth overall in their Ferrari 360GT, one lap ahead of the Mosler Raptor MT900R of Thierry Perrier and Joao Barbosa. The BMW M3 of Cory Friedman, Bryan Dobyns, and Robert Chase finished third in GT and tenth overall.

The Saleen S7R of Chris Bingham, Franz Konrad, and Darius Grala dominated the GTS class once again, coming home eighth overall. Bingham now has four wins to his credit this year. The other two GTS cars finished well off the pace.

The Heritage Motorsports Mustang of Tommy Riggins and David Machavern finished ninth overall and first in AGT.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Darius Grala , Franz Konrad , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Fredy Lienhard , Bill Auberlen , Rob Dyson , Anthony Lazzaro , Andy Lally , Jack Baldwin , Terry Borcheller , Darren Law , Joao Barbosa , Marino Franchitti , Tommy Riggins , Cory Friedman , David Machavern , Bryan Dobyns , Robert Chase , Chris Dyson , Thierry Perrier , Cort Wagner
Teams Dyson Racing , Doran Racing