Doncaster Racing victorious at Mid-Ohio. Bell Motorsports Wins GS II With Last Lap Pass LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 29, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing picked up its third Grand-Am Cup Series win of the season on Sunday afternoon, winning the Mid-Ohio Grand...
Doncaster Racing victorious at Mid-Ohio.
Bell Motorsports Wins GS II With Last Lap Pass
LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 29, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing picked up its third Grand-Am Cup Series win of the season on Sunday afternoon, winning the Mid-Ohio Grand Sport 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Robert Julien started the #119 Kolter Property Porsche GT3 Cup from the outside pole position and handed it over to Jean-Francois Dumoulin in second place on lap 47 of the 89-lap race. The only full course caution of the race came out only moments later, and Dumoulin was able to get a jump on Doug Goad in the leading #11 Sunoco Corvette of Powell Motorsports to take the lead on the restart.
"On the restart I got a good run on Doug. He spun the wheels a little too much, and I was able to put it beside him. I had really good traction from the Porsche, so I was able to brake a little bit later going into one. I braked later going into two and got a good little gap and kept it out there," said Dumoulin, who strengthened his lead in the Grand Sport I class with his co-driver Julien. "We had a great car. The whole team at Doncaster did a great job putting the car together. We only took two tires. We could have won that race even without the yellow. That's how good I feel about that car."
The #11 Corvette of Goad and Devon Powell finished second overall, 13.5 seconds behind the winners. Doncaster Racing's #7 Tim Hortons Porsche rounded out the overall podium with its third-place finish.
There was lots of excitement in the Grand Sport II class in the closing laps of the race. Dean Martin in the Rehagen #52 Mustang Cobra R and Terry Borcheller in the Bell Motorsports #54 BMW M3 ran nose-to-tail for nearly half an hour in a battle for second place in the class.
"That Mustang was really difficult to get by, and unless he made a mistake I didn't think I was going to. And then with the little bit of rain that came down it allowed me to close up on him. He wasn't real good through madness, so I just made a move into turn seven there and got underneath him. I actually made that move twice. He ended up getting back past me the first time," explained Borcheller. "I think he made a couple of mistakes and gave me some breathing room so I could put my head down and focus on the car in front."
Bob Ward led the class in the Michael Baughman Racing #45 TRM Technologies Firebird and held a lead of more than minute earlier in the race, but brake trouble had diminished his lead to mere seconds in the closing laps. Borcheller was on the tail of the #45 Firebird as the two took the white flag, and the pressure from behind was more than the leader could handle as the Firebird spun into the gravel in turn four.
"About the last five laps of the race my brakes started to fade out on me. They just got worse and worse," said Ward. "By that last lap there was barely anything left, so I was using basically the engine to slow the car down. I overshot the keyhole trying to keep ahead of Borcheller."
The #52 Mustang was also able to get by the Firebird when it went into the gravel to capture second-place honors in GS II, while Ward and his co-driver Mike Yeakle were able to salvage a third-place finish.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will travel next to Mosport International Raceway for the Sunoco Ultra 94 Three-Hour, September 12-14. Both of the Mid-Ohio Twin 200s will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Saturday, July 19th at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more information about the Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.