WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 22, 2002) -- Villaconn International was awarded its second-straight victory in the Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring race at the Sports Car Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International. Beau Buisson and Ken Dobson in the team's ...
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 22, 2002) -- Villaconn International was awarded its second-straight victory in the Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring race at the Sports Car Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International. Beau Buisson and Ken Dobson in the team's #34 BMW Z3 were awarded the first-place honors after their teammates in the #36 BMW were disqualified in post-race inspection for an excessive fuel capacity. The #34 BMW picked up its first win of the season at Grand-Am Cup's last race in Phoenix.
BMW showed its dominance in the Sport Touring I class at The Glen with Team Spartanburg's #72 BMW Z3 starting the race from the pole position and Villaconn's #34 BMW beside it. The pair battled for the lead in the opening laps until the #34 car spun out exiting the inner loop, with its sister car, the #36 BMW running behind it, narrowly missing it.
The Power Racing Team #77 Acura Integra R briefly took over second place before Villaconn's #36 BMW passed it. A battle developed for the lead between the two BMWs in the first hour of the race, and the Villaconn BMW took the lead when the Team Spartanburg entry began to fade with power steering trouble. The #72 BMW was never able to break back into the front of the pack, finishing sixth.
The #36 BMW maintained the lead for less than 10 laps before it pitted for a driver change, handing the front of the field over to Villaconn's #34 car, which also pitted moments later for a driver change. The Hyundai Motorsports #6 Tiburon and Team Lexus #0 Lexus IS300 also took their turns at the front of the pack during the series of pit stops for driver changes by the field.
The #34 Villaconn car moved into second place on the track when the Team Lexus brought in the #0 car with brake worries. Last year's race winner, King Motorsports #64 Acura Integra R, was given second-place honors, the #0 Lexus was third and Mark Craig/Steven Gorriaran (Hyundai Motorsports) took the fourth spot.
The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will travel to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., next week for a combined three-hour race on Saturday, June 29.