AIM Autosport had a strong start to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening, but the team struggled with the balance of the car and wasn't able to match its January performance on the...
AIM Autosport had a strong start to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening, but the team struggled with the balance of the car and wasn't able to match its January performance on the 2.56-mile track in Daytona Beach, Fla. The rookie series team finished fifth in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but couldn't find the pace this week.
Mark Wilkins of Toronto drove the first stint, starting the No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI sixth of 18 Daytona Prototypes. He stayed in the top seven through most of his stint, but lost three positions past the first hour of the two-hour 30-minute race. Burt Frisselle of Lynchburg, Va., took over at 1h14, returning to the track 13th. He regained one position to finish 12th for sponsors Exchange Traded Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation, RBC Financial Group and Telus' Mike Network.
Doncaster Racing scored a top-10 finish in the GT class after a charge from back to front. Greg Wilkins of Toronto started the No. 17 MineStar / Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car 10th on the 21-car GT grid and moved to seventh before a spin put him back to 16th. He regained seventh place before pitting for a driver change at 1h15. Dave Lacey of Toronto drove the final stint, returning to the track 9th and finishing 10th.
Mark Wilkins: "We struggled a little bit; we just didn't have the grip where we needed it. It was really tough to make up ground and to maintain ground. Definitely, it was a tough one, but the guys worked really hard and did a great job with the pitstops. The motor ran great all day -- it's always strong and reliable -- we just didn't quite get there with the setup."
Greg Wilkins: "The car was running well; we were staying with the lead pack. I was pushing really hard, missed a shift and spun the car and went to the back of the field. We regained most of it, but we had to work really hard because it was a green race the whole way, so everything we lost was real -- it didn't get fixed by a caution. On balance, it was a pretty good race for us. We qualified 10th and finished 10th, so I guess there's some symmetry there."
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