VIR: Doran Racing qualifying report

Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve No. 77 To Start 11th in Sunday's Rolex Series Race at VIR ALTON, Va., Oct. 8 - On Saturday rain continued to fall on Virginia International Raceway for the second consecutive day, forcing officials to...

Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve No. 77 To Start 11th in Sunday's Rolex Series Race at VIR

ALTON, Va., Oct. 8 - On Saturday rain continued to fall on Virginia International Raceway for the second consecutive day, forcing officials to cancel official qualifying for the Grand American Rolex series. Doran Racing drivers Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin will start 11th in the Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 after officials set the starting lineup for Sunday's VIR 400 using team owners' points.

When qualifying was replaced by a 30-minute afternoon practice for Rolex series GT and Daytona Prototype cars, Doran Racing used the limited amount of time to scrub tires for tomorrow's race. Content with the car's handling, Fabrizio Gollin completed two laps before parking the Crown Royal car for the day.

During the morning session both Doran Racing drivers completed a few laps in the Crown Royal DORAN JE4 Ford despite treacherous track conditions. As one of the first drivers on the track, huge trails of spray trailed the car as Bobbi made his way down the front straight of the 3.27-mile VIR road circuit. After completing four laps on a completely wet track, Bobbi said, "We were just scrubbing tires. The track is very slippery and we cannot push the car." Bobbi's best lap stopped the clocks at 2:08.042.

Soon after Gollin started his brief stint the track began to dry, allowing the young Italian driver to improve the team's time to 2:03.575, eight-fastest in the morning session.

Despite the remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy hammering the East Coast with continued rain, the team is expecting dry weather for Sunday's race. After a successful test under dry conditions at VIR prior to Friday's official practice and two days of running in the rain, the team is hopeful for a good result Sunday come rain or shine.

The race will be televised live on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern.

For more information please see doranracing.com and crownroyal.com. Matteobobbi.com has information on that driver, while Gollin's Web site is at fabriziogollin.com.

Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, virclub.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

After tomorrow's race at VIR the series will visit the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico on Nov. 5 for the season finale.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Matteo Bobbi
Teams Doran Racing