SELLERS READY FOR FAST TRACK, FIERCE COMPETITION IN ALMS GT CLASS BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA -- August, 28 Bryan Sellers and his Team Falken Tire crew had little time to rest from their last race at Road America. With a day for prep and...
SELLERS READY FOR FAST TRACK, FIERCE COMPETITION IN ALMS GT CLASS
BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA -- August, 28 Bryan Sellers and his Team Falken Tire crew had little time to rest from their last race at Road America. With a day for prep and another for travel, the team headed to Round 8 of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. This time the team crossed the border into Canada for the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport.
Mosport International Raceway is Canada's largest motorsports complex, and racers know the track presents challenges to both driver and crew. "Mosport is a very challenging track from a driver's perspective," said Sellers. "It is so fast and [it's] incredibly important to have a good racecar. The engineers at Team Falken Tire have continued to do their homework and prepare a car and tires for this weekend."
Sellers will once again be behind the wheel of his #17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, a car that has shown competitive speed and endurance all season long.
Despite the speed and intensity of the track, Sellers is more than comfortable taking on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile long track. "I have some good memories racing here over the years," remarked Sellers. "I won both rounds of the F2000 Championship here in 2002 on my way to the Series championship. I returned in 2005 with Panoz and it was amazing how different the two cars [were] -- it's much more of a challenge in a sports car. I have been looking forward to coming back here in the RSR this year. This is a driver's track and the RSR allows you to really push the limits - I can't wait for the race."
Wednesday gave Sellers his first opportunity to take the Team Falken Tire Porsche around the track as part of a Promoter Test Day. "We did the pre-event test and really treated it as a tire test for Petit Le Mans," explained Sellers. "Falken brought over new tires from Japan for us to run through and we had a successful day with further development." Falken Tire has been focused on their tire development program throughout the season, and Mosport is another opportunity for data acquisition and analysis. Said Sellers, "This is very much still a development program. We are getting there step by step and taking the time to gather and analyze data from each venue."
Official Practice began Saturday morning, but the Falken Tire crew opted to stay off track and conserve tires for when the track conditions were more relevant to race time. "The Mosport track offers challenges to the tire engineers all the way down pit lane," said Sellers. "The track surface is pretty abrasive and getting the set up down is not an easy task. Everyone on the team has worked so hard to keep the car in top shape so that we know the tire data we are gathering is beneficial to Falken."
After a quick practice session later in the afternoon, Sellers took the wheel of the #17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for Qualifying. With fierce competition in the GT Class and traffic from the slower GTC Class cars, Sellers secured a P-8 class qualifying position with a fast lap of 1:18.469. There was only 1.939s difference between qualifying times of the top 10 GT Class cars. And Sellers is ready to make the gap even tighter. "We made some progress at Road America last week and I am looking forward to seeing it pay off this weekend at Mosport."
-source: bryan sellers racing