Jorg Bergmeister and Boris Said drove the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley to victory Saturday in a cold and rainy Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, one day after legal wrangling over Bergmeister's regular teammate, ...
Jorg Bergmeister and Boris Said drove the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley to victory Saturday in a cold and rainy Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, one day after legal wrangling over Bergmeister's regular teammate, 17-year-old Colin Braun, almost resulted in the cancellation of the eighth round of the Rolex Sports Car Series.
Braun was ultimately not allowed to compete due to agreements between the track and the Indy Racing League, with whom the Rolex Series shared the track this weekend, prohibiting drivers under the age of 18 from competing in events where tobacco sponsorship is present. But with Said driving in place of Braun, the team managed to master the continually changing track and weather conditions en route to its first win of the season.
"It is a little ironic," said team owner Tracy Krohn. "We wanted Colin in the car, but Boris Said is a great driver. I don't necessarily look at it as a trade out. I think that we could have had a very similar result with Colin. That's why we tried to so hard to make sure that he got into the car. We had some really good test days at Mid-Ohio a couple of weeks ago and it was very valuable to the team and for both cars. And I think you saw the results of that today."
The results were a 3.954-second victory over the No. 99 Pontiac Riley driven by Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty. "We were in front all weekend," said Bergmeister, who now holds a four point lead over Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz in the Daytona Prototype drivers' championship. "Boris did an awesome job keeping the car on the track. It was really an awesome day for us. The car was really hooked up and it was fun to drive."
"I got a gift being on this team and the win was a gift for me," added Said. "Jorg drove about four and a half hours of the race and I drover the other hour and a half - basically the middle of the race."
Said was not the only one who received a gift after the race. Indeed, the winning car was deemed too low during post-race technical inspect. The team was allowed to keep the win and the points, but was fined $3,000. The fine will be paid to charity.
Gurney and Fogarty led the most laps and Gurney set the race's fastest lap, but the two had to settle for second due to a number of on-track problems. "The car was unbelievably good in the wet," said Gurney, who was penalized in the race's first hour for running into another car. "We felt like we had a winning car and a lot of times during the day we were the quickest car out there. But it was a shame that we kept running into some people and having penalties. Plus, we had to change the nose three times. It was just a few too many little problems. The real star today was Jon. Jon ran an incredible pace in the wet. We just didn't have enough pace in the end, but it was good enough for second."
Max Angelelli made several runs at Gurney in the race's waning moments but eventually wound up third. "I needed another lap to get by Alex," Angelelli said. "I tried very hard, but I just didn't have enough time. It's very disappointing to finish third after trying so hard."
The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley and the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford rounded out the top-five.
In the GT class, Porsches swept the top two spots, with the No. 72 Tafel Racing Porsche of Wolf Henzler and Robin Liddell beating the No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche and the No. No. 64 Pontiac GTO.R to the finish line for its second win of the season. "We did a fantastic job today with the strategy," said Henzler. "The setup was quite good and the conditions helped us a little bit. But I must say that the Pontiacs slowed down today, especially at the end. I think they had to do this because they were so fast the last three races. I think they are still too fast and will come back for the next race."
The next race for the Rolex Series is June 24 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.