Frisselles take best finish of the season at Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Canada (21 May 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle overcame treacherous conditions, a flat tire, and a motor problem late in the race to finish ninth in the 'Six Heures du ...
Frisselles take best finish of the season at Mont-Tremblant
Mont-Tremblant, Canada (21 May 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle overcame treacherous conditions, a flat tire, and a motor problem late in the race to finish ninth in the 'Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant' for round five of the Rolex Sports Car Series. The result is the best of the season so far for the youngest driver pairing in Daytona Prototype competition in their RX.Com BMW-Doran.
The six hour event started with a steady rain falling on the 2.65-mile track as Burt moved up quickly from eleventh to fifth place by just the seventh lap. Burt kept the car in the top ten in the opening stages of the race, stopping for fuel three times before he was forced to pit an extra time when a tire went flat.
After starting the race and charging up into the top five in the difficult and slippery conditions, Burt was understandably drained from his first turn at the wheel, which lasted over two and a half hours.
"That was one of the toughest stints I have ever done in my life," said Burt. "It took 100% concentration on every corner, and I had to balance trying to be fast and making clean passes with just keeping the car on the track. It was a shame we had the tire go down, but after the bad luck we've had in the past few races I guess it's nothing to complain about!"
The ensuing tire change put the #8 car a lap down from the leaders, but the Synergy Racing crew did their part with some clever strategy and quick pit work, along with some very fast driving from the brothers, to get back onto the lead lap by the mid point of the race as the track began to dry and the field switched to slick tires.
Brian took over the controls and put in one of the best stints of his life, passing and building a gap over the championship-caliber Suntrust car to run in the top four before turning the car back over to Burt. Burt rejoined the field and moved back up the order once again before turning the car back over one last time to Brian to run the final stages of the race.
Brian's task was difficult, though, as a coil had gone bad in the motor, robbing him of precious horsepower. He soldiered on to take ninth at the flag for his personal best finish in the Daytona Prototype ranks.
"That was the best handling race car we have had all year, and I'm excited about how much we improved during the weekend," said Brian. "That last stint was really hard--I am not sure what the problem was, but we barely had enough power to keep up with the GT cars on the straights," said Brian. "I just wanted to finish on the lead lap. Even though we didn't finish up front like we wanted, we have to be happy to get through a six hour race that had all kinds of tricky conditions without having anyone hit us or having any other problems."
The race weekend has continued to build Brian's confidence, as the youngster has made the mammoth step up in horsepower this season after a successful career in the single-seater ranks.
"The more time I get in the car, the more confidence I get and I feel like we absolutely have a good chance to be competitive every time we go out, so I'm looking forward to the Glen."
For his part, older brother Burt was impressed with Brian's continued improvement, and after watching so many cars have big problems and crashes during the race, found the silver lining in Saturday's cloudy day.
"Overall, we are glad to get some points and a top-ten finish under our belt," said Burt. "I think Brian did a fantastic job in the car and really showed that he belongs to be here and that he's able to get the most out of the car no matter what the conditions are," said Burt. "We were very fast in some segments of the race, but we haven't put a whole race together yet, so we'll focus on the positives coming out of this weekend and look forward to hopefully getting some good finishes and points in the next few weekends."
The Frisselles will be back in action for round six on the weekend of June 10-12 at Watkins Glen for the second six-hour race of the season.