Pumpelly Runs Fastest Lap in Tough Race for TRG at Trois-Rivieres TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada - Spencer Pumpelly ran the fastest lap of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, but that was the highlight of a ...
Pumpelly Runs Fastest Lap in Tough Race for TRG at Trois-Rivieres
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada - Spencer Pumpelly ran the fastest lap of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, but that was the highlight of a disappointing race in Canada for TRG.
Pumpelly co-drove the No. 39 Carlsen Porsche/The DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes/Fox River Coffee Porsche 997 with Duncan Ende, who led TRG's effort in qualifying by putting the No. 41 machine eighth on the grid. Peter Ludwig qualified 15th in the No. 41 Carlsen Porsche/Cohen Financial/Wolf-Tec Inc./www.WTInc.com/Ludwig Motorsports Porsche 997 he shared with Scott Schroeder.
Despite Pumpelly's quick lap at 1:11.718 on Lap 49 of the 80-lap race, both he and Ende battled brake issues in the race, which forced Ende to spin during his stint behind the wheel. Pumpelly lined up eighth for a late-race restart and seemed poised to make one last dash toward the front before he was bitten again by the brake problem, which forced him into the barrier and out of the race. Ende and Pumpelly were credited with 14th place in the final race results.
Ludwig and Schroeder were saddled with shift linkage problems in the No. 41 Porsche, which dropped them well down the order as the team worked feverishly to correct the problem. One week after taking his first career Atlantic victory in Iowa, Schroeder drove the car back into the paddock short of the checkered flag in Trois-Rivieres. He and Ludwig were credited with 19th place.
"The race started off pretty good, actually," said TRG owner Kevin Buckler. "Both the 41 with Peter driving and the 39 with Duncan were doing great, staying on the lead lap. Peter drove really nice and steady and turned the car over to Scott. Unfortunately, they broke a shifter. The car looked good out there. It's just an unfortunate little mechanical part. Trois-Riveres is really tough on equipment and we just broke a shifter mechanism.
"The 39 had a couple of small spins, but with the yellow flag, we were able to get back on the lead lap. Duncan drove great laps, and Spencer was the fastest driver on the track. We have worked so hard on the development of this car especially on the chassis side and it showed. We had the fastest lap in the race, but he lost his brakes driving it so hard. It's Trois-Rivieres. It's what happens. I'm sure everyone else was nursing their cars too. We'll be very ready for New Jersey."
"This weekend was a tough weekend for the TRG guys," added Schroeder. "We had all right race cars, but in the race, things just went bad. Our gear linkage had issues, which led to me going off a couple times, and I just didn't want to hurt it anymore. The guys did their best job getting back out there. Unfortunately, these things happen. We definitely look forward to going back to New Jersey."
Next up for the TRG KONI Challenge team is the inaugural race at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway on Sunday, August 31.