VIR: Frisselle Racing race report

Double-top ten for Frisselle Racing at VIR Front-row start doesn't convert into hoped-for results (Danville, VA) 27 April 08- Both Frisselle Racing drivers brought home top-ten results in Sunday's Bosch Engineering 250 at VIR as Brian Frisselle...

Double-top ten for Frisselle Racing at VIR
Front-row start doesn't convert into hoped-for results

(Danville, VA) 27 April 08- Both Frisselle Racing drivers brought home top-ten results in Sunday's Bosch Engineering 250 at VIR as Brian Frisselle finished sixth with co-driver Mark Wilkins, and Burt Frisselle took eighth with his teammate Gabriele Gardel at the finish of the two-hour and forty-five minute event in round four of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season.

The race got off to with an optimistic start as Brian started from a career-best matching second on the grid, and filed into third at the start as part of a lead pack that distanced itself from the rest of the field.

After running a strong pace into the middle stages of the event, Brian turned the car over to Wilkins, who himself kept the AIM Autosport Gold machine going at a quick clip. Unfortunately, contact with another car in tight racing circumstances forced Wilkins in to the pits for a penalty, setting the two back before they recovered to finish sixth.

"I'm really frustrated by the inconsistency of the rulings but hopefully we'll get a clarification from the officials after the race," said Brian. "But to come back from that and still finish sixth shows how fast this car really was today. The Exchange Traded Gold team has given Mark and I a great car all weekend. We unloaded fast, stayed fast and it's been a fast car in the race. Mark did a great job out there."

On the other side of the Frisselle Racing effort was a run to eighth for the No. 47 BSI/CDOC Ford-powered Dallara of Burt Frisselle and Gabriel Gardel. Reversing their roles from Mexico City, Gardel qualified the car before turning over the controls to Burt. After starting from tenth on the grid, Burt made the most of the Dallara-Ford combination to bring the BSI/CDOC Machine home in eighth.

"We didn't have all the pace that we did in Mexico City, but to come out of this weekend with another solid finish from this brand-new car is really satisfying," said Burt. "A lot of guys put themselves in positions that got them in trouble, but our car doesn't have a scratch on it and we picked up some solid points. The Doran guys have been working so hard and to have two problem-free race weekends in a row, back to back in two different countries, says a lot about this program. Now we'll get some time to catch our breath a little bit and focus ahead to Laguna. I can't wait to run this car through the corkscrew and down the hill!"

-credit: fr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Mark Wilkins , Gabriele Gardel