Frisselles quick in GT debut (Birmingham, AL) 28 July 2006-Burt and Brian Frisselle got their GT class debut off to a positive start on Friday, scoring the third-quickest time of the afternoon session with a 1:33.109-second lap at Barber ...
Frisselles quick in GT debut
(Birmingham, AL) 28 July 2006-Burt and Brian Frisselle got their GT class debut off to a positive start on Friday, scoring the third-quickest time of the afternoon session with a 1:33.109-second lap at Barber Motorsports Park.
The young brother driving duo has been signed by Pacific Coast Motorsports to contest the Barber Motorsports Park round of Rolex Sports Car Series competition in the Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R. The Pontiac GTO.R will face some stiff competition in the form of a bevy of Porsche GT3's, but the American Iron showed some muscle in the afternoon session, with Burt's fastest time only bested by the two GM factory team GTO.R's.
After racing in the Daytona Prototypes ranks for so long, the learning curve is an interesting one for Burt and Brian, who have to effectively re-learn the track where they qualified tenth in 2005.
"I think it was easier to run at Miller when I tested there because I'd never driven that track in anything before," said Burt. "But I am having to un-learn how to do everything a little bit here at Barber and get into a different rhythm in the GTO.R. The car was really good on older tires, which is pretty encouraging for the race, and I think I learned even more today about slowing down what I am doing in the car to get it to speed up."
The race weekend marks the first for the Frisselles in anything with an engine up front after strong careers in single--seater formula cars in advance of their deep Daytona Prototype experience.
"At first, it was really weird not as much because of the engine placement, but more just because of the limited visibility, but now I have some laps in the car and feel like I'm used to it," said Brian. "I did a qualifying simulation run in the morning, and I think there are some cars that are quicker over just one lap, but I think we should have a fast race car once the race gets going. No matter where we end up in qualifying tomorrow, I am really looking forward to racing this car!"