LAKEVILLE, Conn. - (Saturday, May 26, 2001) Coming off a six-hour endurance race last weekend at Watkins Glen, the Rolex GT drivers expected this weekend's 125 miler at Lime Rock Park to be a welcomed change. But a torrential downpour changed all...
LAKEVILLE, Conn. - (Saturday, May 26, 2001) Coming off a six-hour endurance race last weekend at Watkins Glen, the Rolex GT drivers expected this weekend's 125 miler at Lime Rock Park to be a welcomed change. But a torrential downpour changed all that and it was consistency and endurance that made the difference as Terry Borcheller (Phoenix) drove his JET Motorsports BMW M3 to the checkered flag, earning the team's second GT class win of the season.
Borcheller took over driving duties from his teammate Toney Jennings (San Antonio) during a lengthy full course caution period and moved his car to the front of the field shortly after the course went green.
Prior to the long yellow-flag delay, which lasted for 19 laps in the 53-lap race, it was the Porsche GT3 R of Fordahl Motorsports/Crazy Redhead Racing that was dominating the field. With Randy Pobst (Melbourne, Fla.) behind the wheel, the car held nearly a full lap margin over second place. But when Pobst pulled in to turn controls over to co-driver Kim Hiskey (Monroe, Wash.), the car fell back a few positions and was never able to remount a charge.
The Schumacher Racing Porsche GT1 also had a strong showing, staying in front or close to it throughout the afternoon. At the finish they settled for a second-place finish overall and first place in the GTS class.
Despite early problems, the Team X-1R Corvette took its fourth American GT class win in five starts. Jack Willes (Charlotte, N.C.), driving solo in his Comer Racing Corvette, led overall early on, but off-track excursions on the slick track cost him too many positions in the end.
Racing continues at Lime Rock Park on Monday with the traditional Memorial Day race begining at 2 p.m. The Rolex Sports Car Series SportsRacing Prototype classes will be featuring a new twin sprint format that will have a mandatory driver change midway and a restart for the field after the driver changes.