Rotor failure denies Dalziel Watkins Glen, New York (June 11, 2005) -- A weekend that bore great promise for Ryan Dalziel ultimately ended in disappointment today as the ...
Rotor failure denies Dalziel
Watkins Glen, New York (June 11, 2005) -- A weekend that bore great promise for Ryan Dalziel ultimately ended in disappointment today as the #71 SAMAX Porsche 911 GT3 RS was withdrawn from tomorrow's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race, the sixth round of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series, as a result of a failed brake rotor in qualifying.
American Le Mans Series regular, Dalziel, was behind the wheel in this afternoon's qualifying session and set to secure the GT pole for Peter Baron's SAMAX squad when the rotor failed, collapsing the left-front suspension of the car and snapping it into a tire barrier on the Watkins Glen International circuit.
The 23-year-old Scot, who emerged unscathed from the incident, had been sharing driving duties with car owner Mark Greenberg and Bryan Sellers. Setting the pace in both Friday and Saturday practice sessions, the trio were the class of the GT field before this afternoon's accident and the subsequent damage to the car forced the team to pull their entry from tomorrow's race.
Reflecting on what might have been Ryan commented:
"We were definitely looking good for pole position before the accident in qualifying. The #71 SAMAX Porsche was fastest all weekend and I'm just really disappointed for Mark, Bryan, Peter and the whole crew that we're no longer able to challenge for Sunday's GT honors. There's no good time to have an accident like today but had it happened tomorrow then there could have been the possibility of taking out other cars in the process, which wouldn't have been good for anyone! Ultimately we live to fight another day and I hope we get another opportunity to come back as a unit and prove our speed once again."
Team owner Peter Baron said:
"The rotor broke, torqued the caliper up into the wheel and just tore the whole suspension apart. When we heard the car had hit the wall, we knew it had to be some sort of mechanical failure because Ryan has yet to put a tire off in all the driving he's done for us, and his lap times have been absolutely stunning. It's unbelievable, because his lead on that lap was the pole by a second, maybe a second and a half."
Ryan Dalziel returns to ALMS action, racing the Pacific Coast Motorsports #5 Menards-Yokohama Corvette C5-R alongside Alex Figge, at Lime Rock Park, 1st-4th July.