Utah: AIM/Doncaster qualifying report

AIM Autosport will start the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season finale from ninth on the 21-car Daytona Prototype grid. Brian Frisselle of Lynchburg, Va., qualified the No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI in two minutes 41.660 seconds on the ...

AIM Autosport will start the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season finale from ninth on the 21-car Daytona Prototype grid. Brian Frisselle of Lynchburg, Va., qualified the No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI in two minutes 41.660 seconds on the 4.486-mile Miller Motorsports Park road course in Tooele, Utah. He will drive the first stint in the 1000-km race on Saturday, followed by his brother Burt and Mark Wilkins of Toronto.

"We wanted to be a little bit further up there because we'd been doing so well in practice, but second Lexus is not too bad. The only Lexus in front of us is the one in the hunt for the championship -- on the pole, too. You always want to set your quickest time of the weekend in qualifying and we accomplished that," Brian Frisselle said. "I'm excited for this race -- I know we've got a good race car underneath us. We've started weekends much worse than this and ended up with good results, so we could win the race tomorrow. Who knows?"

Doncaster Racing will start the race from 12th on the 25-car GT-class grid. Dave Lacey of Toronto qualified the No. 17 MineStar / Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that he'll share with Tom Papadopoulos of East Hills, N.Y., and Greg Wilkins of Toronto. His time of 2:58.378 wasn't as quick as he'd hoped.

"We were struggling a bit, just playing catchup because we had some contact yesterday with the 27 car and broke an upright [suspension component]," he explained. "So we started a little bit behind the eight-ball this morning, but I'm pretty satisfied. We're the third-fastest Porsche.and it's definitely not a track that favours our manufacturer, so to be third-fastest puts us in good stead. We're mid-pack on the entire grid, which is not where we'd like to be, but I think we did the best we could with the card we were dealt."

-credit: aimautosport.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle , Tom Papadopoulos