Mont-Tremblant: Race report

Red Bull team increases points lead with Mont-Tremblant win MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 21, 2003) -- The Brumos Racing No. 58 Red Bull Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype team got a little more breathing room in its race for the first-ever...

Red Bull team increases points lead with Mont-Tremblant win

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 21, 2003) -- The Brumos Racing No. 58 Red Bull Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype team got a little more breathing room in its race for the first-ever Daytona Prototypes championship by winning the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Saturday. The team entered the six-hour enduro with a slim one-point lead over the Bell Motorsports No. 54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype, but has now extending its margin to eight points with the victory.

"We needed this win for a lot reasons. Not just the championship points, but we needed the lift," said Red Bull driver David Donohue, who partnered with Mike Borkowski and Sascha Maassen for the win. "Our guys had done their homework. Our car was really good and reliable. The handling was really good. Dave Kylm has built a car that has been really solid since the first time it was rolled out on the track."

The Red Bull Porsche started the day in the pole position, but did battle with both Doran JE4s during its run at the front. First the No. 58 car fought for the lead with the Doran-Lista Racing Toyota-powered Doran JE4, but shifter trouble knocked the car out of contention and eventually forced its retirement from the race. Then the Red Bull machine went nose-to-nose with its points rivals, the No. 54 Chevy-engined Doran JE4, but it too fell victim to transmission trouble and lost 14 laps in the pits for repairs.

The G&W Motorsports No. 8 BMW Picchio DP2 Daytona Prototype of Darren Law, Andy Lally and Guy Cosmo threatened for a portion of the race, until a run-in with the Brumos Racing No. 59 Porsche resulted in suspension damage that dropped the car out of contention for the lead. The No. 8 machine was still able to hold on for a third-place finish in class, its best finish since round three in Phoenix.

"We needed this one very bad. I'm so tired. I'm so worked from the steering, but we hung in there. We came back from the suspension failure from the accident and were able to hang on and get on the podium. The car has gotten a lot better. Hopefully we'll improve on what we've been doing," said Darren Law, who struggled with the No. 8 BMW's loss of power steering early in the race.

An off-track excursion by the Brumos Racing No. 59 Porsche sent it into the pits for an extended pit stop to remove debris, but the team was still able to persevere for a second-place finish overall, two laps behind its teammates in the Red Bull machine.

"Finishing first and second is what we came here to do. Of course I would have liked to have it reversed. At least we were able to catch up to second. That's what counts," said Hurley Haywood, who shared driving duties in the No. 59 Porsche with J.C. France and Max Papis. Haywood and France are now only one-point behind Terry Borcheller in the driver point standings.

The Ferrari of Washington No. 33 Ferrari 360GT was successful in defense of its GT class victory, scoring an extra $5,000 bonus from the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge in the process. Drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini were able to hold off the Rennwerks Motorsports No. 83 Porsche GT3 RS of Johannes Van Overbeek, Seth Neiman and Lonnie Pechnik to take the class win and third place overall after the two had battled for the class lead throughout the six-hour race.

"Rennwerks really kept us on our toes today. They won the six hours at Watkins Glen two laps from the end. Today, we changed positions. It was a good race. I'll take third overall. This car didn't miss a shift for six hours. Its so fun to drive," said Wagner, who was also part of Ferrari of Washington's winning team last year.

"We were swapping the lead back and forth. At Watkins Glen we had luck on our side and won, but today we were on the wrong side of a yellow flag and didn't get the breaks we needed," said Neiman, whose No. 83 Porsche finished second.

The Acme Motorsports No. 84 Porsche GT3 RS of Mark Hupfer, Paul Mortimer and Tim McKenzie took third-place honors in the GT class.

Similar to the six-hour race earlier this year at Watkins Glen, the GTS class victory went to the last car running. Once again the points leading Heritage Motorsports No. 48 Mustang was struck with trouble early in the race -- this time in the form of a steering rack.

The Georgian Bay Motorsports No. 38 Corvette took over the GTS lead when the No. 48 Mustang dropped back. It held the lead until an off-track incident spurred overheating problems that took drivers Jim Holtom, Ted Martin and Stu Hayer out of the race with 1.5 hours remaining.

That allowed the driving trio of Tommy Riggins, David Machavern and Joao Barbosa to move the No. 48 Mustang back to the front of the GTS class.

"The car was very good until the transmission broke. We were catching up to the 38 car very quickly, then they had problems. We started taking it a little bit easier then, but we had our own problems, as well," explained Barbosa.

"We are sure having our troubles in the six-hour races, but Christmas comes early. We broke really early today, fortunately the competition was very benevolent. I feel good, because we came back from an early problem and earned first place," said Riggins.

Georgian Bay Motorsports took second-place honors in the GTS class, while the DLGL/Xemis Racing No. 01 Porsche was third.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will return to action at Virginia International Raceway in the VIR 400, Oct. 3-5. Tickets are currently on sale online at www.virclub.com. For more information, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Guy Cosmo , Sascha Maassen , Andy Lally , Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , David Donohue , Tommy Riggins , Mike Borkowski , Brent Martini , David Machavern , Paul Mortimer , Mark Hupfer , Seth Neiman , Lonnie Pechnik , Tim McKenzie , Jim Holtom , Ted Martin , J.C. Fra , Cort Wagner