Montreal: AIM Autosport race report

Pacific Mobile/Biosign out early in Montreal 200 Race-ending crash follows damage to underside of car Woodbridge, Ont. (August 28, 2010) -- AIM Autosport's Pacific Mobile/Biosign Daytona Prototype exited the Montreal 200 after just one and a...

Pacific Mobile/Biosign out early in Montreal 200
Race-ending crash follows damage to underside of car

Woodbridge, Ont. (August 28, 2010) -- AIM Autosport's Pacific Mobile/Biosign Daytona Prototype exited the Montreal 200 after just one and a half laps today when the car, damaged while going over a curb, spun and hit the wall as it approached the hairpin turn at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Ultimately classified 12th in class, the result sees drivers, Burt Frisselle and Mark Wilkins, drop into a tie for fifth in the Driver Standings. At mid season in July, they were second, just seven points shy of top spot.

After qualifying fourth with what they believed was a strong race strategy and set up, the AIM Autosport team was deflated upon seeing its car spear into the wall, just a couple of minutes into the race. Burt, who was driving the first stint appeared to use the curb as usual going into the turn eight-nine chicane, but the bottom of the car was snagged, tearing pieces free and setting fluid spewing from the car. When Burt began to brake for turn eleven, the hairpin, the car snapped left, sliding on it's own coolant and careening into the wall. Burt was uninjured by the spectacular-looking impact that sent pieces flying off the car.

The crew sprung into action, hustling to the paddock more than two kilometers away to see if they could repair the car and salvage something from the day. After a few minutes disassembling the car they conceded that the car's undertray required repairs that would have to be completed at the team's shop in Woodbridge, Ontario, so they radioed back to pitlane that their race was over.

"We run curbs for better lap time and I've been running that one all weekend," Burt said. "But this time it bit me. It's just a bummer. AIM had a great car, it felt good and we could have had a nice result."

"This is another tough result for the team," commented co-driver Mark Wilkins, who never got to participate in the race. "We worked hard yesterday to get the car right and we were really confident. Like Burt said though, we push hard and that means using the curbs, but it's a risk. Unfortunately, it didn't work out today.

"We've got one more race this season," Mark continued, "And some of the teams we're battling in the championship had rough days too, so maybe we can gain something back when we go to Utah."

The final event in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 is the Utah 250 at Miller Motorsports Park not far from Salt Lake City.

-source: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Mark Wilkins