Grand-Am Cup: Fiorano Racing thirteenth in Trois-Rivieres Electronics slow Dumoulin and Spenard TROIS-RIVIERES, August 7, 2006 - Drivers Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Richard Spenard had to deal with a temperamental car to finish 13th...
Grand-Am Cup: Fiorano Racing thirteenth in Trois-Rivieres
Electronics slow Dumoulin and Spenard
TROIS-RIVIERES, August 7, 2006 - Drivers Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Richard Spenard had to deal with a temperamental car to finish 13th in yesterday's Grand-Am Cup GS (Grand Sport) race held during the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix. The two Quebecers experienced electronic troubles that robbed their Porsche 997 of horsepower.
Richard Spenard took the start from the 21st spot on the grid. "I'm satisfied with our result considering I hadn't driven competitively in four years, explains Spenard. My driving was good, I had enough speed. I nursed the brakes, didn't break anything and made a lot of good passes. However, we didn't have the car to win today. We didn't have enough power. I think we could've come in 7th if it wasn't for the electronics, but I'm satisfied with the 13th position. We got all we could get out of the car on that particular day."
Jean-Francois Dumoulin took over for the second half of the race. "We had a tough weekend, comments the Trois-Rivieres driver. We had engine problem all weekend due to electronics gremlins. We lacked power. During the race, Richard did an excellent job in preserving the car and gaining ground, but we lost a full lap when the car refused to start after the driver change. We had to push it back to life. I've been able to get the positions back little by little. Towards the end, I was putting steady 1:13.5 laps one after the other, but it proved insufficient to get more positions than what we ended up with."
Fiorano Team Leader Giovanni Panico believes Sunday's race really showed what his drivers were made of. "It's disappointing that we couldn't get rid of our electronic problem in time for the race, said Giovanni after the race. Despite all this, Jean-Francois and Richard fought for every inch of track they could get. They finished 8 better than their starting position even with our pit stop difficulties. I'm proud of our overall performance this weekend. I'm not as proud of the car, but those things happen. We'll get back to work to fix this before our next race."
-credit: fiorano racing