Mont Tremblant: Washington Ferrari race notes

Washington Ferrari takes fifth GT Win, finishes second overall. MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA, SEPT. 15. The Girard-Perregaux/Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT won the GT class in today's "6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, part...

Washington Ferrari takes fifth GT Win, finishes second overall.

MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA, SEPT. 15. The Girard-Perregaux/Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT won the GT class in today's "6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, part of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

The win was the Ferrari's fifth in a row, extending the GrandAm record for consecutive GT wins, and was the fifth win in five starts for the team's new "factory" version of the GT racer. The 360 GT, driven by Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner, also finished second overall, the team's highest-ever overall finish.

"Second overall is great, but I'm looking for the victory in our class that's where the battle was," Auberlen explained in Victory Lane. "We won it because our car just banged its way along lap after lap, full tank or empty tank it drove the same. This is because our team prepared such a great car, and our engineer is so good."

Wagner added, "I just can't say enough about this whole deal. The Ferrari of Washington crew is great, the car is just incredible, I mean, five wins in five starts. Billy drove an outstanding race, and Girard-Perregaux, our sponsor, made it all possible. It just couldn't be any better."

The race was relatively uneventful for the Ferrari, which had qualified second on the GT grid. Auberlen took the class lead almost immediately after the start, and while the Ferrari dropped back to second place for a few laps, by the end of the second hour the team the team was firmly in the GT lead. The Washington Ferrari 360 GT ultimately finished two laps ahead of the Porsche GT3RS in second. The Falcon Racing Ferrari 360 GT, making its first race start, finished less than five seconds behind the Porsche, third in the GT class and fourth overall.

"We were hoping this was going to be a trouble-free run," team manager Glenn Marquis said after the race. "We did have a little trouble with the engine cutting out, but we've traced that to a bad plug in the fuel injection. It didn't really hurt us, and outside of that the car ran flawlessly. The drivers did a great job, and I can't say enough about our crew. Five finishes with five wins in five starts is proof of just how good these guys are. This was a solid finish in our race for the championship."

The win further extended Auberlen's and Wagner's lead in the GT Drivers' Championship, and the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington's lead in the Team Championship. The final race in the GrandAm series will be at the Daytona International Speedway on November 10.

Four hours of the six hour race were televised live on Speed Channel, and will be rebroadcast; the first two hours are scheduled for 1PM (EDT) on Monday, September 16th, with the final two hours set for 1PM (EDT) on Tuesday, September 17th.

Further information on the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington and the 360 GT is available on-line at www.360GT.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Cort Wagner