Brumos trio wins six hours of the Glen

Brumos trio wins six hours of the Glen

Thanks to a timely caution flag and a daring late race pass by former open wheeler Scott Goodyear, the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Fabcar that Goodyear shared with David Donohue and Mike Borkowski started last and finished first in the ...

Thanks to a timely caution flag and a daring late race pass by former open wheeler Scott Goodyear, the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Fabcar that Goodyear shared with David Donohue and Mike Borkowski started last and finished first in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

#58 Brumos Racing Porsche Fabcar: David Donohue, Mike Borkowski, Scott Goodyear.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
Although the No. 58 was forced to start dead last after it showed up on the pre-race grid wearing tires that had not been marked by Rolex Sports Car Series officials, it took Donohue less than an hour and a half to close within striking distance of the leading Bell Motorsports Chevrolet-powered Doran of Terry Borcheller and Didier Theys. For the next four and a half hours, the two cars swapped the lead several times before Theys managed to open up a commanding 18-second lead over Goodyear with less than 20 minutes remaining.

However, just when it looked like Theys had finally relegated the No. 58 car to runner-up status, a wayward SRPII car stopped on course, bringing out the race's last caution. This enabled Goodyear, who had just turned the race's fastest lap, to take on enough gas to make it to the finish, and, more importantly, close the gap on Theys.

Four laps after the subsequent restart, Goodyear dove underneath Theys as the two raced side-by-side into the first turn of the 3.41-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International road course. The two cars made contact several times before Goodyear drove away unscathed, leaving Theys in his wake with a flat tire.

"We needed that yellow," Goodyear said. "Our tires were just about worn out.

"On the restart, I had to get by those lapped cars in front of us, and then I had to have a shot at it in turn one, because they had more power than us. We were lucky we got it done. Didier actually turned into me a little bit, tried to close the door, then he whacked me -- that was some NASCAR rubbing going on, but it was fun."

Theys, who managed to limp home in second, had a slightly different view.

#54 Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran: Terry Borcheller, Didier Theys.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
"Unfortunately, my worst fear came true," Theys explained. "There was a back marker in just the wrong place, and I had to back off the throttle to avoid it. And, of course, Scott Goodyear had the momentum to pass me inside and had better acceleration and I couldn't do anything once I was behind. I had the Picchio on my left side, and Scott on my right side, and I didn't have much room to go. I lost the momentum at the exit, and that's where Scott passed me under acceleration."

"I'm still in shock," Borcheller added. "Everybody did the best job they could do, which was a great job, and to come up second is a heartbreaker."

The No. 83 Rennwerks Porsche GT3 RS of Johannes Van Overbeek, Seth Neiman, and Lonnie Pechnik finished third overall and first in the GT class, 17 seconds ahead of the Ferrari 360GT of Cort Wagner and Brent Martini. The Marcus Motorsports BMW M3 of Brian Cunningham, Hugh Plumb, and Gilles Vannecet finished third in class and sixth overall.

In its first appearance since the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Cegwa Sport Toyota-powered Fabcar of Darius Grala, RJ Valentine, and Guy Cosmo finished fifth overall and third in the Daytona Prototype class.

Despite spending more than 40 minutes repairing a broken gearbox, Tommy Riggins, Dave Machavern, and Scott Lagasse took the GTS class win in the Heritage Motorsports Ford Mustang. The trio finished tenth overall, one lap ahead of the second place Team Remax Racing Corvette of Rick Carelli, John Metcalf, David Liniger.

The No. 80 G&W Motorsports BMW-powered Picchio of Steve Marshall, Robert Prilika, and Shawn Bayliff won the SRPII class, finishing five laps ahead of the only other SRPII car in the field.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darius Grala , Didier Theys , Scott Goodyear , Guy Cosmo , Terry Borcheller , David Donohue , Brian Cunningham , Hugh Plumb , Mike Borkowski , David Liniger , John Metcalf , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Shawn Bayliff , Steve Marshall , Gilles Vannecet , Lonnie Pechnik , Eric Gilbert , Cort Wagner