Leighton Reese and the Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 finish 5th in SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT in Denver Denver, Colorado: (August 14, 2005) Leighton Reese, of Minnetonka Minnesota, driving the ...
Leighton Reese and the Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 finish 5th in SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT in Denver
Denver, Colorado: (August 14, 2005) Leighton Reese, of Minnetonka Minnesota, driving the #6 Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette C6 finished a close and hard fought 5th place finish in Round 9 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series here at the street track around the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver Colorado.
Leighton had a race long battle with Andy Pilgrim for 4th position but due to a soft brake pedal during the middle of the race and due to an unwillingness on Leighton's part to put Pilgrim or himself at great risk as Reese also had to fend off a late race charge by Tommy Archer's Dodge Viper.
"We had to get a finish and a 5th is very respectable in my mind," Leighton answered candidly. "I didn't make any mistakes and Joe put a good chassis under me and the car handled brilliantly. We just didn't have enough sauce today."
"Between me and Andy the way things developed I would say that we were pretty darned even," Leighton said of his close race with Pilgrim and his factory supported Cadillac CTS-V.
"I think he was being a little more conservative but I was comfortable with what we were doing," Leighton continued. "To try to get in front of him would have been a high risk maneuver."
"We went pretty hard the whole race and he did stretch it out a little," Leighton explained. "About the middle of the race before the caution I started to get a long brake pedal and I was driving with my left foot on the brake to pump the pedal back up on the straights."
"I had Tommy (Archer and his Dodge) all over me like a cheap suit at that point and I really didn't want to give him a position. I drove him clean and I didn't block him but I was sure to take the good line away," said Reese indicating a certain amount of pride that by beating Archer he moved Chevrolet ahead of Dodge in the Manufacturer's Championship.
Leighton's strong finish vaulted Reese into 8th in the driver's championship with 126 just 11 points behind 6th position. Leighton feels that 6th is definitely attainable as the final two races will be held at Mosport and Laguna Seca where Reese and the Banner Corvette have done well
The Round 9 GT race at Denver for the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series will be shown on the SPEED TV network on Saturday August 20th at 2 PM Eastern Time.
The next race for Leighton Reese and his Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette C6 and the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series will be Mosport in Ontario Canada on Sunday August 14th 2005.