BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (September 13, 2003) -- The battle of the Canadians at the Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour has a new champion as the No. 119 Porsche GT3 Cup of Doncaster Racing captured the checkered flag on Saturday. The victory by the ...
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (September 13, 2003) -- The battle of the Canadians at the Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour has a new champion as the No. 119 Porsche GT3 Cup of Doncaster Racing captured the checkered flag on Saturday. The victory by the Toronto-based team ends a two-race winning streak by locally-based Powell Motorsports at Mosport International Raceway.
"We had a good fuel strategy. We were really tight on fuel, but saving as much as we could and it worked out for us," said Doncaster driver Jean-Francois Dumoulin. "Bobby (Julien) did an amazing job at the start of the race putting pressure on the Powell Corvette. That was the plan -- to make sure they didn't pull away too much and keep up the pressure. We knew they had a good car, but we thought if we kept putting pressure on them, then maybe they would make a mistake."
The Powell Motorsports No. 11 Corvette of Devon Powell and Doug Goad did make a mistake, but not one that the team anticipated or can explain.
"The car was good. The car should have won the race. On the restart going into turn two, the ABS quit rotating and the right front brake just locked. The second time, we went all the way down the front wall. On the next turn, instead of going right, it went left. The left front locked up. It locked up again in five and I hit the car beside me. I cycled the ABS all the way up the hill into eight and after that, it worked for the rest of the race," explained Goad.
The brake trouble and run-ins with a tire wall and car dropped the No. 11 Corvette back to 10th place, but Goad mounted an amazing comeback and put the car in second place at the finish.
"I knew we had a good car. Frankly, I was so ticked off that we dropped back so far that I didn't care if we set a new track record by 20 seconds, all I wanted was the win here. The team has worked so hard. We tested all summer and found tremendous speed in the car. Fate just decided to play us the hand again. We just can't win. It's frustrating," admitted Goad.
Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas picked up their fourth podium finish of the season in the TPC Racing No. 18 Porsche GT3 Cup, finishing third overall.
The battle for the Grand Sport II win was a nail biter that came down to the final turn of the race, as Terry Borcheller in the Bell Motorsports No. 54 BMW M3 fought with Dean Martin in the Rehagen Racing No. 62 Mustang Cobra SVT.
"The Mustang was doing well today. It was hooked up. (Terry and I) just went back and forth," said Martin. "I got by and then I got blocked up by one of the Z3s in the final turn, and I tried ducking in. Terry ducked in and unfortunately ran into me. There wasn't much I could do after that."
The lapped traffic worked to Borcheller's advantage as he piloted the No. 54 BMW M3 back into the lead only 100 yards from the checkered flag.
"I don't really remember the last couple of laps because I trying to pick him on traffic. I knew he had me. He was so much faster. I was just trying to pick him on traffic and pass him when he wouldn't expect it," said Borcheller.
The Planet Earth Motorsports No. 41 Porsche 911, which led the class earlier in the race, rounded out the GS II podium with a third-place finish.
Power Racing took its first Sport Touring I class victory of the season, as Mike Keravich and Owen Trinkler piloted the No. 77 Acura Integra R to the class win.
"Really it took strategy. It came to some tough calls with all those yellows," said Keravich. "The handling went away on the car and started coming to him at the end. Owen did an awesome job finishing up and getting by for the lead with about 20 to go."
Power Racing's victory puts an end to a two-race winning streak by TC Kline Racing, whose No. 12 BMW Z4 took home second-place honors. The Honda of America Racing Team No. 00 Acura RSX-S finished third in ST I.
Bill Fenton Motorsports has a little more breathing room in the Sport Touring II point standings following its class victory at Mosport. Bob Beede and Eric Curran co-drove the No. 27 Acura Integra LS, which held a narrow one-point lead coming into the race over Will Nonnamaker and Howie Liebengood in the HRPworld.com No. 43 Acura Integra LS.
The No. 43 Acura grabbed a second-place finish, while Bill Fenton Motorsports No. 29 Acura took third in ST II.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will continue its swing through Canada next weekend with the Mont-Tremblant 250 at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. Tickets are on sale for the event and can be purchased online at www.lecircuit.com.
For more information on the Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.