sevens Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga., held his lead in the Grand-Am Cup championship, despite a challenging race at Virginia International Raceway on Oct. 2. Borcheller's co-driver, Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont., qualified the No. 11...
Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga., held his lead in the Grand-Am Cup championship, despite a challenging race at Virginia International Raceway on Oct. 2. Borcheller's co-driver, Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont., qualified the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V second in the 51-car field, with a lap of two minutes 6.409 seconds on the 3.27-mile Danville, Va., road course. He drove first and moved to the lead after 70 minutes of the three-hour race. Borcheller took over at 1h37, regained the lead at 1h46, then relinquished it to the winning Porsche at 2h16.
A late caution period gave Borcheller an opportunity to race for the lead when a lapped car allowed both the Porsche and Borcheller to pass. However, race officials moved Borcheller back behind the lapped car, costing him an estimated 12 seconds on the restart. He finished second by seven seconds. The finish was enough to keep him first in the series driver championship by seven points, with two races left in the season.
"I knew we were going to have a difficult time, and I feel fortunate that we were able to finish second behind the Porsche, because it was much faster," Borcheller said. "Our strategy and pitstops were absolutely perfect. The team called the pitstops perfectly - when we came in and what we did for tires and fuel - and the stops were also fast, which helped us a lot."
... and seventh
Borcheller wasn't as lucky in his second race of the weekend, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 with Christian Fittipaldi of Biscayne Bay, Fla., in a Rolex Sports Car Series race on Oct. 3. Fittipaldi qualified fourth on the 40-car grid with a time of 1:46.807. He drove the first stint, but was slowed by two flat tires and contact with another car. He dropped back to 19th overall, 15th in the Daytona Prototype class, after 51 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race. He was 11th in class and overall when he pitted for a driver change to Borcheller at 1h50. Borcheller took four more positions to finish seventh.
"Christian had a really good qualifying run, and we were the second-quickest Doran, which was inspiring for the team. We had a really rough start to the race and we were in the pits a lot. But we ended up coming back pretty strong, considering how far down we were," Borcheller noted.
wet and wild
A late rain during the Rolex Series race made track conditions unpredictable, so Borcheller played it safe.
"It was a little crazy at the end when it started raining because it was real hard to tell what was wet and what wasn't," he said. "It was weird because [in some parts] the track would be perfectly dry and you could just fly, but there were other spots where it was like ice, and it seemed to change every lap. The water on the windshield was strange, too, and I couldn't really get a read on what the track was doing. Given where we were at, I took it real cautious once it started raining."
Borcheller will be looking for Grand-Am Cup championship points in the second-last race of the season, at Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 9. He will also compete in a Rolex Sports Car Series race at the same track on Oct. 10.