Birmingham: AIM/Doncaster Saturday notes

DP qualifying AIM Autosport will start the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race at Barber Motorsports Park from eighth on the 17-car grid. Mark Wilkins of Toronto qualified the No. 61 Exchange Traded Gold / Barrick Gold car...

DP qualifying

AIM Autosport will start the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race at Barber Motorsports Park from eighth on the 17-car grid. Mark Wilkins of Toronto qualified the No. 61 Exchange Traded Gold / Barrick Gold car in one minute 23.484 seconds on the 2.3-mile road course in Birmingham, Ala. He'll drive first in Sunday's race, followed by Burt Frisselle of Lynchburg, Va.

"It was a good qualifying session," Wilkins said. "We're not quite as high as I was hoping we'd be -- my goal was top six. But eighth is a good spot because we struggled and then we made a big gain in this morning's session. We tried to work with it a little [for qualifying] and it didn't give us what we were hoping, so we're going to just keep working on it. We always have a good race car and that's the important part."

GT race

Doncaster Racing survived a hot Rolex Series GT race on Saturday to earn its eighth top-10 finish of the season, despite a brake-bias problem late in the race. Darren Law of Phoenix joined the team's usual drivers Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins of Toronto for the 2.5-hour race. TheY drove strong stints in the No. 17 MineStar / Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, but Law was slowed as the rear brakes locked, leaving him with an unstable car.

Lacey drove the first stint. He started eighth and gained four positions before handing off to Wilkins, meeting the series requirement for a pitstop in the first 45 minutes of the race. Wilkins returned to the track 15th and moved to eighth during his 50-minute stint. Law drove most of the final hour in eighth place, but slid off track fighting for rear grip in the final laps and lost one position to finish ninth.

Dave Lacey "It was great! The car was running well, the setup was good and I had a lot of fun. The heat was not as big a factor as I thought it was going to be. We had our mandatory stop at 45, but I probably could have gone another half-hour, no problem. We couldn't really change much -- everybody had a good fuel strategy -- so lead lap in ninth place, we'll take it and go on to [the next race, in] Montreal."

Darren Law: "The car was really good, really consistent. I had a fairly steady run going, but unfortunately, the rear tires were going off and I just couldn't keep the pace. The rear brakes were already on edge and as the tires went off, it just got worse. I had to slow down early and I was locking up going into the turns, so it was a fight. But overall, it was a good experience and I thank those guys [at Doncaster] for the opportunity to drive -- they gave me a big boost for my Porsche Cup points."

Greg Wilkins "It was probably a little easier [with three drivers]. The stints were shorter and it was a hot day, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I could have run a little bit longer. We had a good ninth-place car."

-credit: -- aimautosport.com --

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Mark Wilkins