Ryan takes top-ten at Watkins Glen Orlando, Florida (June 05, 2006) -- For the first time in three attempts Ryan Dalziel finally saw the checkered flag in a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race held at Watkins Glen, New York.
Ryan takes top-ten at Watkins Glen
Orlando, Florida (June 05, 2006) -- For the first time in three attempts Ryan Dalziel finally saw the checkered flag in a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race held at Watkins Glen, New York. The 24-year-Scot came home tenth on Saturday night, 3rd June, at the end of the 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen' in the Pacific Coast Motorsports-entered #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley.
Dalziel's two previous visits to the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International Circuit, competing in the GT class of the Rolex Sports Car Series last year, included one DNS and one DNF -- both mechanical. His debut at the track in the Daytona Prototype division proved more fruitful as together with Pacific Coast Motorsports team-mate, Alex Figge, they scored their second straight top-ten finish following their second place podium performance in Phoenix last month.
Saturday's six hour endurance test saw Ryan take the start from 12th place, the grid line-up being determined by championship standings -- a source of frustration to the #89 team as they set the second fastest time in Friday practice. Dalziel's first stint lasted until lap 38 when he handed over to Figge who duly took the car all the way to the lead for several laps.
Ryan's second tour of duty, taking him all the way to the checkered, saw him continue to keep the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley in the thick of the action as the race gradually wound down the clock. The decision to stay out on slick tires when the track remained damp and treacherous gave Ryan plenty to contend with and he found himself down a lap in the closing stages but steered clear of incident as others around him struggled with the changing conditions, he powered home to take the team's second straight top-ten finish with tenth at the flag.
The 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen' was won by Krohn Racing's #76 Ford Riley driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Boris Said.
Reflecting on the positives from the weekend Ryan said:
"Needless to say we were hoping to come away from Watkins Glen with a stronger finish, not least due to our pace in practice, but with the grid order settled on the championship standings we were starting off on the back foot a little. We kept ourselves busy though and Alex took the car to the front mid-race but unfortunately we couldn't sustain it! We messed up our tire call towards the end which ended up dropping us a lap but given we hadn't scored a top-ten finish until Phoenix last time out, to come away with another is encouraging but there's still work to be done!"