Mont-Tremblant: TRG Thursday test day report

five for five TRG set the fastest GT time during Rolex Sports Car Series testing Thursday on le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Andy Lally cruised the high-speed 2.65-mile road course in one minute 41.306 seconds in the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche...

five for five

TRG set the fastest GT time during Rolex Sports Car Series testing Thursday on le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Andy Lally cruised the high-speed 2.65-mile road course in one minute 41.306 seconds in the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He and his driving partner Marc Bunting are both fans of the Quebec track.

"We're thrilled. I love this place, Marc loves this place. We were hoping we would come out of the box and be quick here. Lars [Giersing, race engineer] put a great setup on the car and, as usual, these guys have been hustling their butts off," Lally said. "We tried five different things today and all five of them made us quicker. It's rare that that happens, but it just clicked and we put a real good lap together. We need this, we need to go faster to charge for the championship, and we've done that today."

lithium power

Marc Bullock is driving the No. 63 Porsche with Dave Master and Andy Brumbaugh. His company, Somers Lithium, is a sponsor on the car, with Master Asset Management. Bullock noted the synergy between lithium and motorsport.

"There are more lithium button batteries in automobiles than people know and the memory boards for the computers onboard have small button batteries installed. The lithium battery is also now coming into the fuel-cell business, so our button batteries are becoming larger to get a hybrid type of fuel cell," he said. "Lithium is the lightest metal known to man so it's wonderful because it takes weight off the car. They're perfecting a lithium-phosphate ion cell and therefore it has no flammability, so that's a fantastic deal in a car. In addition, lithium has a strength of three or four times nickel cadmium."

patience

Marc Bunting uses several techniques to win on track, including lessons he learned in the business world. He says patience is a key tool in both business and in his quest for a second-consecutive Rolex Series championship.

"Rather than making rash or quick decisions, I try to sit back and look at the overall picture. That certainly plays a part in our strategy of trying to be there at the end. In the critical moments, you have to make a split-second decision whether to make a pass or not. It helps to pull back for a millisecond, look at the overall picture and realize what our real goal is."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , Marc Bunting , Dave Master , Marc Bullock