Mexico City: TRG qualifying report

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Qualify Second and Fifth in Mexico Lally and Bunting Thinking Championship Mexico City. -- Paul Edwards and Marc Bunting qualified second and fifth respectively for the final round of the Grand American Rolex GT Series to be...

TRG Pontiac GTO.Rs Qualify Second and Fifth in Mexico
Lally and Bunting Thinking Championship

Mexico City. -- Paul Edwards and Marc Bunting qualified second and fifth respectively for the final round of the Grand American Rolex GT Series to be run at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez tomorrow.

Paul Edwards was just shy of the pole, posting a qualifying time of 1:53.373. The California resident will lineup on the front for the start of tomorrow's two-hour-and-forty-five minute race. "We have a good handling car that is easy to drive," said Edwards. "Jan and I have worked on the handling all day and we will be in a good position for the start. The track is great; however we are losing about two to three car lengths down the straight to the Porsches. With our restricted motor and this straight that is just shy of a mile, we are giving up some speed. There are about eleven turns where we will need to rely on the patients of the DP competitors. If they get edgy we could be in for a long day." Edwards will hand over to co-driver Jan Magnussen in their quest for their third win of the season.

Marc Bunting and teammate Andy Lally are leading the GT championship battle by a single point. The duo will lineup on the third row of the GT grid for the race, following Bunting's qualifying time of 1:54.985. Bunting and Lally's nemesis in the championship, Craig Stanton, will start from third on the grid.

"The last lap of qualifying I had a vibration in the front," said Bunting. "We have some understeer to work out in the warm-up, but we will be ready. Stanton is right in front of us and they have the legs on us down the straight, so we will have to make it up with handling in the race. We basically need to finish ahead of the number 80 Porsche to win it."

"We are thinking championship," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "We have done our homework and we have prepared everything to be successful. Marc and Andy have run strong, smart races all year and we need one more tomorrow to bring the GT championship trophy home."

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is comprised is 2.786-miles in length and features 16-turns.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Craig Stanton , Marc Bunting