TRG Pontiac GTO.R Drivers Bunting and Lally Take GT Points Lead Alton, Virginia -- Marc Bunting and Andy Lally, behind the wheel of their number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R, finished third today in GT at the VIR 400 Grand American Rolex Series race....
TRG Pontiac GTO.R Drivers Bunting and Lally Take GT Points Lead
Alton, Virginia -- Marc Bunting and Andy Lally, behind the wheel of their number 65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R, finished third today in GT at the VIR 400 Grand American Rolex Series race. With their third place finish, the duo assumed the overall points lead in the GT series. Teammates Jan Magnussen and Paul Edwards finished sixth.
Marc Bunting and Andy Lally came into the race five points down in their quest for the championship. The pair started the race from the GT pole position and were focused on running a clean race, while the crew was fixated on the points battle the entire two-hours-and-forty-minutes.JBunting started the car and ran a clean first stint until going off slightly in turn eight and was shuffled back a few places.
Andy Lally took over the GTO.R and was engaged in a battle with the then-GT- points leading number 80 Porsche. Upon getting by the 80 car, he engaged the number 36 car which stood in the way of the points lead.JLally was able to bide his time and then on the last restart the 36 car slid wide and the Georgia resident was able to pass for third position.
Paul Edwards started the number 64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R from the fifth row and on lap four he pitted from fifth place. The Californian had noticed smoke coming from the battery box. The crew performed quick work to change the battery and get him back out on the lead lap, but in 19th place. Edwards handed over to Magnussen on lap 46. Seven caution periods took up most of the racing time and the Dane was only able to get the 64 car back up to sixth position.
Marc Bunting, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "The track was real green at the beginning, off line was like ice. I got forced off the track early and had to ride it out, losing a couple of positions. These were our first laps all weekend in the dry, so we had to work on the balance a little throughout the race. It is great to take the lead, we have been working hard all season and it will go down to the last race."
Andy Lally, #65/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "We are in the points lead by one going into Mexico. I was battling with about everyone involved in the championship out there today. The 80 car early in my stint for several laps and then the 36 car, I could hardly catch my breath. It was a tough day, I can't wait to sit on my couch at home and watch this race."
Paul Edwards, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: b^0x001cI smelled something burning and then I saw eight inch flames coming from the battery box. The crew changed it fast and got me back to the fight. The car was good even though there was no grip on the track. Jan did a good job to get us back up to sixth."
Jan Magnussen, #64/TRG/Pontiac GTO.R: "Paul had some bad luck with the battery early, or I know we would have been competing for the win today. The car was pretty good even though there was no grip on the track. There were a lot of caution periods and not enough green laps to really make up the time. Sixth is not bad for the beginning we had."
Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner: "Paul and Jan were able to rebound from the early battery issue and post a respectable finish. Marc and Andy did what they had to do today. They ran a smart race, paying close attention to the points fight. I think I am going to print a track map of the Mexico circuit and have them sleep with it under their pillows."
The final round of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run on November 5 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.