Gollin Qualifies Fifth at Mont-Tremblant In Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77 MONT-TREMBLANT, Que., May 20 - Although neither he nor his co-driver, Matteo Bobbi, had ever even seen Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant before...
Gollin Qualifies Fifth at Mont-Tremblant In Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77
MONT-TREMBLANT, Que., May 20 - Although neither he nor his co-driver, Matteo Bobbi, had ever even seen Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant before Thursday's test session, Fabrizio Gollin qualified fifth Friday afternoon in Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77 for Saturday's six-hour Rolex series race here.
Gollin's fastest lap in the 15-minute qualifying session was 1:30.820 for an average speed of 105.043 miles per hour at the 2.65-mile road course.
Tomorrow's six-hour race will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
Gollin only did four laps compared to polesitter Scott Pruett's six because he spun at the end of turn one on what was going to be his fourth flying lap. Although there was a lot of grass on and in the car afterwards he still made it back to the pits, and team owner Kevin Doran said he hadn't really hurt the car.
The excellent qualifying result was recorded after a tough day that saw the car only make about a dozen laps despite the opportunity for two-and-a-half hours of practice before qualifying. It wasn't because the Doran Racing pit crew wasn't plenty busy all day, however. Bobbi was in the car in the morning session when the engine made a peculiar sound, so the team wisely changed engines prior to qualifying. The team worked very hard to get the car back out on the track for the practice session right before qualifying, but that session was cut short for the team too when an alternator hose let go. It was in a difficult spot to access so the car reported to qualifying a bit late, but Gollin got to work quickly and recorded the top-five qualifying run.
"Two [fast] laps for all day for me; it's OK," Gollin said after qualifying. "I understood the car was very good, so I pushed a lot and on the last lap I tried but I made a mistake. [I believed] it was possible to be very close to the pole position, but I spun after the first corner. I touched the grass and I spun, but I didn't really hurt the car.
"The engine was good, and I'm happy in any case," he added.
The other two DORAN JE4s qualified 12th (Rx.com DORAN BMW) and 16th (Kodak EasyShare DORAN Pontiac). The latter was rebounding from a crash in practice on Thursday.
For more information, please see www.doranracing.com and www.crownroyal.com. Bobbi's Web site is at www.matteobobbi.com and Gollin's is at www.fabriziogollin.com.
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