TRG KONI Challenge Porsches Head for Lime Rock Petaluma, Calif., (May 19, 2009) - TRG is making the cross country trek from Monterey California to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for round five of the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series to...
TRG KONI Challenge Porsches Head for Lime Rock
Petaluma, Calif., (May 19, 2009) - TRG is making the cross country trek from Monterey California to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for round five of the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series to be run on May 25th.
The picturesque Lime Rock circuit is nestled in the Berkshire Mountains and is a short 1.53-mile, seven turn track, made up of six right hand turns and one left hander. The undulating road course is the shortest on the KONI Challenge schedule.
Lime adv 2 Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly driving No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Racer's Roast Coffee/TRG Porsche 997, have been on the podium the last two races, winning the New Jersey round. Currently they are third in the GS points championship, just 11 out of first.
"I always like fast flowing race tracks and Lime Rock is one of the fastest on our schedule," Ende said. "I have not driven it since they repaved and added the new sections last year, so it will be interesting to drive without the bumps that have been so characteristic of the track. It's going to be a very important weekend for Spencer and me since Lime Rock will provide our best shot at getting back to victory lane for a while. Third place last weekend was a great result with a pretty wounded car, but since the points leaders finished first we've got more ground to make up in the championship standings."
"You have to focus the setup of the car everywhere, because the corners are all pretty fast," Pumpelly said. "You can throw away the left hander and really focus on all of the rights. It is a huge advantage where there is not a long straight for us. The Porsche is a great handling car and TRG does excellent job of preparation. The rule makers think it is more exciting when one or two cars have a 150 or more horsepower than the others. I think if there is a Porsche track, that was New Jersey and probably Lime Rock. The rest of the season for us is going to be really tough."
Lime adv John Potter and Andy Lally are looking for some Berkshire redemption this weekend in their No. 41 Magnus Racing/TRG Porsche 997. The pair have had disappointing runs in the last two weekends due to small mechanical issues that have thwarted otherwise very strong performances. The highlight of the season so far is second place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"My first race with TRG was at Lime Rock last year and I had a good run," Potter said. "The track will be a little different in the KONI car though. We are running the split classes so it will be nice to just worry about the competition in the GS class."
"I think the track will be good for us now that they have repaved it," Lally said. "I think TRG puts out a great car at every track we go to. We will have a strong car there since handling is a premium over horsepower. It is a momentum track with a lot of switch-backs and elevation changes. We need to get our season back on track and get back on top of the podium."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, has a lot of data to draw from for Lime Rock.
"We have turned a lot of laps at Lime Rock," Buckler said. "Duncan and Spencer are really having a good season so far. Duncan is doing a great job qualifying and Spencer has been able to capitalize on that with strong drives and good strategy. John Potter is running really strong as well. When Andy has gotten in the car, we have had small mechanical issues that hamper their finishes. We are looking forward to having a good run by both cars this weekend."
The KONI Challenge Sports Car Series will race across country to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for their next race to run on May 25th.