Michael Shank Racing finishes sixth at Mont Tremblant after leading late Michael Shank Racing finished sixth in Sunday's '6 hours of Mont-Tremblant' in Rolex Sports Car Series competition after starting from eighth position and fighting their...
Michael Shank Racing finishes sixth at Mont Tremblant after leading late
Michael Shank Racing finished sixth in Sunday's '6 hours of Mont-Tremblant' in Rolex Sports Car Series competition after starting from eighth position and fighting their way up to the lead the race in the late stages before contact from another car set the team back in the closing segments of the race to finish in sixth. The result scored the team twenty-five points in the team championship battle, keeping MSR in the top three.
Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri shared driving duties for the six hour endurance challenge, and charged from the eighth starting position at the start. The team made steady progress the entire race thanks to heads-up driving and quick pit work, and was leading with just twenty-five laps to go.
Frisselle suffered an off-track excursion when he was hit by another car making a dive bomb attempt for position, but he rejoined the fray quickly and fought back. Negri took the helm for the final stint of the race, but the 6 car just didn't have the pace to challenge for the lead.
"The car was just very difficult to drive at the end," said Negri. "I am not sure what it was, but we just didn't have anything for them late in the race.
Award winning team owner Mike Shank was disappointed not to finish higher, but was proud of the effort his team showed in the grueling race.
"I think Burt drove the stint of his life in the middle stages of the race to keep us in the game, it was a really impressive performance," Shank said. "It was a long day, and this isn't the result we came looking for, but we are still very much in the fight for the team championship. My guys had the best race I think I have ever seen them do as far as pit stops, just an incredible job."
Frisselle echoed Shank's disappointment, but knows the team has the ingredients and the heart to get to victory lane.
"We worked so hard, and we were right where we wanted to be until the 2 car knocked us off track, and that changed our race considerably," said Frisselle. "But it was a great experience to finish the six hour, and to have battled for position all day and even leading the race. I was really impressed that Jan (Lammers) came over and apologized for hitting me after the race."
Negri, who is leaving the track to go directly to Lime Rock Park for his "day job" as development driver for Formula BMW, is looking forward to racing next month at Watkins Glen and showing what the team is capable of.
"It was looking promising until the last stint! We need to figure it out to get our pace closer to the 01 car" Negri said. "We will build on this for the Glen, though and keep fighting. I have to mention that the guys did an outstanding job in the pits-we managed to pick up at least one position each time we came in for a stop."