MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 20, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing scored its fifth victory of the season and third in a row at the Mont-Tremblant 250 on Saturday. Jean-Francois Dumoulin took advantage of a spin by the leading Powell Motorsports No....
MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 20, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing scored its fifth victory of the season and third in a row at the Mont-Tremblant 250 on Saturday. Jean-Francois Dumoulin took advantage of a spin by the leading Powell Motorsports No. 11 Corvette with only five laps remaining in the race and piloted the No. 119 Porsche GT3 Cup into the lead for the win.
Doug Goad was at the wheel of the No. 11 Corvette when he got into the back of Eric Curran in the Sport Touring II-leading No. 27 Acura Integra LS of Bill Fenton Motorsports.
"We were having problems with our brakes and a misfire. I got pinched by the 27, and that was the end of it. I thought he saw me, but I got myself in that position because I was having problems," explained Goad.
"I was in the right place at the right moment," said Dumoulin, who has benefited from the Corvette's misfortune for the second race in a row. Last week at Mosport, brake trouble also ousted the Corvette from the lead while Doncaster celebrated in Victory Lane.
Randy Pobst was also able to get around the Corvette during its spin and posed a serious threat to Dumoulin's lead in the final laps of the race. "Man that was so close. We had a couple of traffic incidents, but we were really coming hard," remarked Pobst, who brought the TPC Racing No. 18 Porsche to the checkered flag in second place.
"Randy was fast. I had flat spotted my tires, and the car was shaking like crazy, but we decided to stay out," said Dumoulin. "It was a real hard race and a great drive."
Terry Borcheller captured his 50th professional victory with his win in the Grand Sport II class, which propelled him and co-driver Forest Barber into the class points lead.
"It's a really good feeling. We're also in the points lead now. Forest got us off to a great start. Everything is really coming together for us. This is a good time to really be coming hard with two races left," said Borcheller, who has brought the Bell Motorsports No. 54 BMW M3 to Victory Lane four times this year.
The Planet Earth Motorsports father-son duo of Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker took second-place honors in the GS II class, while the Unitech Racing No. 33 Nissan 350Z of Mike Cronin and Stu Hayner rounded out the class podium.
In his first-ever Grand-Am Cup race, Guy Cosmo picked up the victory in the Sport Touring I class. Cosmo partnered with Jim Hamblin in the Duane Neyer Motorsports No. 38 BMW Z3 for the win.
"This was my first Grand-Am Cup win, and it was also my first Grand-Am Cup race. I got the call Thursday morning that they had an empty seat. I've been having fun every since. I had never had so much close racing for such a long time. It was an absolute blast," said Cosmo.
The T.C. Kline Racing No. 12 BMW Z4 of Don Salama and Steve Pfeffer had been running in second place in the ST I class until the final lap when it ran out of gas, allowing the No. 36 BMW Z3 of Villaconn International to move into second. The ICY/SL Motorsports No. 06 BMW Z3 of Steve Lisa and Dave Rosenblum finished out the all-Bimmer podium.
Although the Bill Fenton Motorsports No. 27 Acura Integra LS held the Sport Touring II lead in the final laps of the race, its run-in with the No. 11 Corvette allowed the HRPworld.com No. 44 Acura to gain ground on leader and eventually overtake it.
"I was battling Eric Curran the whole time. He was really strong, but HRP puts a really good car together, so I had something for him. I saw when Eric and Goad got together. That caught me up to the back of Eric," explained Mike Fitzgerald, whose co-driver Belinda Endress picked up her first Grand-Am Cup victory.
The No. 27 Acura held on for a second-place finish in ST II, while the HRPworld.com No. 43 Acura of Howie Liebengood and Will Nonnamaker took third.
SPEED Channel will broadcast the Grand-Am Cup Series in the Mont-Tremblant 250 on Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will return to action at Virgina International Raceway on October 4 in the VIR Three Hour. Tickets are available online at www.virclub.com. For more information, visit www.grandamerican.com.