Frisselles focused on the finish at Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Canada (19 May 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle will be back in action this weekend, piloting their RX.com BMW-Doran in the Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant for round five of the...
Frisselles focused on the finish at Tremblant
Mont-Tremblant, Canada (19 May 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle will be back in action this weekend, piloting their RX.com BMW-Doran in the Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant for round five of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series. The youngest driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class has shown that they have speed this season, qualifying well and leading races, but have suffered a run of bad luck that has kept them from getting the results they want in their Synergy Racing-prepared machine.
The young duo is hoping that the magnificent 2.65-mile track north of Montreal might be the site of a turn-around for the season. Both Burt and Brian have experience on this track, as Burt raced well in last season's Rolex event, and Brian has his own war stories from racing here in Skip Barber competition.
"Tremblant is one of the best tracks we race on all season," said Burt. "It has a little bit of everything with some elevation changes, fast corners, and some longer straights that let the Daytona Prototypes stretch their legs a little bit. Our BMW-Doran is well suited to this kind of natural terrain track, so hopefully we can show the speed that we have and get a good result."
Brian raised a lot of eyebrows in the last round, when he overcame the butterflies in his stomach and produced a solid seventh on the grid in his first-ever Rolex qualifying attempt. After making a big step up in horsepower from the single-seater formula cars he raced last season, he has adapted quickly to the powerful Daytona Prototype machines, and loves the opportunity to race on a track like Tremblant's.
"I have raced here in formula cars, and I know it will be a lot different in the RX.com car, but the track is fairly straightforward, so I think I'll be able to get the hang of it pretty quickly," said Brian. "Taking seventh on the grid at Laguna in my first try at qualifying was a good confidence boost. This track is longer than Laguna and has more places to pass, so hopefully the traffic won't give us all the trouble that it did last round and we can bring this car home with a good finish."
Older brother Burt echo's Brian's emphasis on the importance of a good finish.
"We really are just focused on getting a good result," said Burt. "It's been frustrating so far this season because we have qualified well and led races, but just have been unlucky and don't yet have the results to show for how much work everyone has put into this effort. We are going to have to keep our nose clean and try to be in a good position at the finish. It's going to be a challenge, because of course so much more can happen in a six hour race than a sprint event, but hopefully people won't be quite as crazy out there as they were in Laguna!"
Burt and Brian will participate in Thursday's test day, with qualifying scheduled to get underway at 3:15 pm EST on Friday. Saturday's race will be carried LIVE on Speed Channel, beginning at 11:00 AM EST.