Quebec podium Terry Borcheller was happy with his third-place finish in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant (Que.) on Sunday, after a tough six-hour race. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., teamed with Andy Pilgrim of ...
Terry Borcheller was happy with his third-place finish in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant (Que.) on Sunday, after a tough six-hour race. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., teamed with Andy Pilgrim of Delray Beach, Fla., to put the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 on the podium.
Borcheller qualified ninth on the 40-car grid with a time of one minute 30.994 seconds on the 2.65-mile road course, after the team quickly repaired the car from an incident in the morning practice, when a wheel came off the car. Borcheller started the race and moved up to fourth during his first two-hour stint. Pilgrim then drove a double stint, but dropped back to eighth when he was hit by another prototype car on his first lap. Borcheller took over again at 3h50 and drove the final two hours, moving up to finish third.
"To come out of the weekend with a third-place finish is just unbelievable for everybody involved with Bell Motorsports," Borcheller said. "From the beginning of the weekend, it seemed like we struggled the whole time and it just continued right into the race. Lo and behold, we got a podium, so it's pretty amazing for the team.
"I had the front wheel come off twice, and thankfully it was under yellow both times. One time it came all the way off the car on the back straightaway and I drove back to the pits on three wheels. Tony Stewart did it, so ..." (referring to NASCAR star Stewart's similar three-wheel drive during the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona)
... and a win
Borcheller started the race weekend with a Grand-Am Cup win on May 22, his first race driving the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V with Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont. Powell started the three-hour race from third on the grid after qualifying in 1:48.108. He moved to first place at 1h23 and held the lead until the end of his stint. Borcheller took over at 1h50, returning to the track in third place. He took the lead at 2h23 and held it to the finish, giving Cadillac its first Grand-Am Cup victory.
"The team did a great job and Devon did an awesome opening stint," Borcheller said. "The race just came to us. The Cadillac has a lot of characteristics of the cars I've driven in the past. I've got a ton of seat time with street-stock tires and street-type cars. I attribute Bondurant [School of High Performance Driving] for my street-stock experience and my ability to get in just about anything and go fast."
Unfortunately, Borcheller did not receive first-place championship points for the win due to a technical infraction. A fuel-displacement block cracked and filled with fuel, taking the car's fuel capacity over the specified series limit. He is now second in series driver points with 108, behind his former co-driver Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif. (131).
Borcheller will compete in Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup racing at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 18 to 20.