Theys takes pole at inaugural Mont-Tremblant

Doran Lista claimed the first ever Grand-Am pole for the Mont-Tremblant six hours, the team's sixth pole of the year. The session included little competition for the pole position in any of the five Grand-Am classes with clear front runners in...

Doran Lista claimed the first ever Grand-Am pole for the Mont-Tremblant six hours, the team's sixth pole of the year. The session included little competition for the pole position in any of the five Grand-Am classes with clear front runners in each category.

Doran's SRP pole, 1:22.961, continued a weekend of domination for the team. The Doran Judd-Dallara led the field in each of the practice sessions and sits more than a second clear of Dyson racing's number 16 entry. The Dyson team is using a rented Crawford-Judd instead of their traditional Riley and Scott-Ford but driver Chris Dyson is present, continuing his season long points battle with Doran's Didier Theys for the driver's championship.

Doran qualifier Didier Theys and Dyson qualifier Andy Wallace shared an appreciation for this race track. First time visitor Andy Wallace said, "I think this track is absolutely amazing. I never knew it existed. Turn 1 is a real buster." Theys shared similar sentiments: "Turns are on-camber, off-camber, a real driver's track. I know some similar turns (to turn one). It is like Paddock bend at Brands Hatch or Mosport."

Driver Wallace feels the characteristics of the track help the competitiveness the Crawford-Judd. His team is using a high revving 4 liter Judd with a narrower power band than the 5 liter motor used by Doran Lista. "This is a relatively slow circuit. We are only reaching around 170 on the back straight. As a result we're able to gear things very close. When we reach traffic we can just go down a gear and be right there in the power band."

G & W Motorsports secured pole in SRP II. The team performed in a class of its own during practice, feeling little competitive pressure. The team was challenged only by the need to complete repairs of damage sustained in a crash at V.I.R. The pole time of 1:33.32 lies 1.4 seconds clear of the front runners in the GT classes.

AGT pole, 1:34.961, belongs to the Sky Blue Racing Mustang and driver Eric Curran. The AGT class provided the only qualifying drama of the session with three teams swapping pole. Sky Blue set their pole time late in then session moving ahead of the Morgan Dollar Corvette. "We had some trouble in the beginning of the session getting the tires up to temperature. About four laps in we got up to spec," said Eric.

The Mosler MT900R with a 1:34.753 outpaced a seven car GT field and sits out front of the Ferrari 360GT of Ferrari of Washington. Recent races have placed these two competitors at the front of their class by substantial margins. The other GT entries are more competitive this weekend with the top five times spanning less than two seconds.

The Mosler has suffered from reliability problems that have cost the team victory in recent races. "At V.I.R. the shifter cable came loose. You start listening to every rattle, every sound. The team has gone over the car making sure that everything that can go wrong won't go wrong," said qualifying driver o0xdbc0^0xf860Barbosa.

A second Ferrari 360GT is participating in this event. The car, owned and driven by Mont-Tremblant track owner Lawrence Stroll, is identical to the Ferrari of Washington 360GT that has proven so successful in Grand-Am. The Ferrari 360GT, first entered in the Watkins Glen Six hours, has never lost in Grand-Am competition.

Porsche entries have struggled to compete during Grand-Am events this year. The arrival of the Mosler and Ferrari 360GT has pushed the Porsche entries backwards on the grid. Grand-Am granted an increase in engine air-inlet restrictor size for the Mont-Tremblant race. Racers Group Porsche owner Kevin Buckler feels the change is inconsequential. "We just found out about the change this weekend. It takes hours and hours of time testing to program the engines for this. It won't make any difference this weekend."

GTS pole belongs to the D.L.G.L. racing Porsche. The car set a time of 1:39.123.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Didier Theys , Kevin Buckler , Eric Curran , Lawrence Stroll , Chris Dyson