TRG GTO.R on Pole in GT in Mexico City Mexico City, Mexico -- TRG's Kelly Collins drove his number 64/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R to pole position today in Mexico City for round two of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal ...
TRG GTO.R on Pole in GT in Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico -- TRG's Kelly Collins drove his number 64/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R to pole position today in Mexico City for round two of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. Marc Bunting will start the companion GTO.R in fifth.
Together with teammate Paul Edwards, Collins was able to carry the speed over from yesterday's practice, where the duo also topped the time charts. Collins was able to post a time of 1:29.864 and will pace the GT field to the green flag tomorrow for the start of the Mexico 250 at 4:15 EST.
"The balance of the car is really good," said Collins. "It is really easy to drive through the twisty corners and it behaves well through the final turn onto the long front stretch. We will have to be careful in traffic, the DP cars tend to be over anxious in the corners and one small hit can ruin our day. Paul and I will be looking to defend the team's win here last year."
The number 65/TRG/GTO/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/GTO.R qualified by Marc Bunting will start from the third row in GT tomorrow. Bunting originally posted a time of 1:30.8, which would have been good for a possible top three starting position, but he let the car drift too far off the final turn and over the white blend line in front of the grand stands which the officials deem out of bounds and that lap was negated. Bunting will was able to recover and post a qualifying time of 1:31.208.
"I had a good lap, but unfortunately went too wide at the exit of the last sweeper and they took it away," said Bunting. "That was tough having that rescinded, but we are still starting from the third row and we can race from there. Andy and I have some unfinished business here from last year, so we will be looking to gain as many points as possible while going for the win."
"Kelly had a good run to get the pole, the 64 guys needed that after our tough outing at Daytona," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "Marc had a really good lap, but just put two tires out of bounds. The crew has done a good job to adjust the cars to the revised track from last year. We have our two cars at the front and we are looking to add win number two to our Mexico City resume tomorrow."
Going into tomorrow's race Marc Bunting, Andy Lally and RJ Valentine find themselves in second in the GT points battle. Teammates Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins are in 13th place.