A forgettable race on Saturday leads to an exciting finish on Sunday
June 3, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - In a difficult pair of races at the Pirelli World Challenge's Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, Duncan Ende brought home seventh and fourth place finishes aboard his no. 24 STANDD / Merchant Services Audi R8 LMS.
"I can't wait to get to Lime Rock," said Ende. "Both days were pretty frustrating and really not representative of how good the STANDD / Merchant Services Audi R8 LMS was this weekend. We just couldn't get qualifying right and as a result we were held up on both days, so it was a pretty forgettable weekend. "
The restart caught Ende off-guard as he did not know the race was going green until the pace car ducked into the pits at the last moment. Entering turn three, the Cadillac of Andy Pilgrim and the Audi of Ende's GMG Racing teammate James Sofronas battled for position, with both cars slowing down much more than usual. As a result, Ende made contact with Pilgrim's Cadillac, causing him to spin. As a result, the race would end under caution.
"The last restart on Sunday was my best chance to get up to the podium but I didn't mean to spin Andy to do that," said Ende. "When he and James went into turn three side-by-side they slowed down much more than I was expecting and I didn't check up enough and I tagged Andy. I was completely surprised by the start and didn't have my tires and brakes up to temp which probably played into it. Unfortunately, not only did it end Andy's race but it meant the race ended under caution and the fans had to sit through a lot of caution in that race as it was."
After seven rounds of the World Challenge GT season, Ende is seventh in the driver's championship with 517 points.
The Cadillac V-Series Challenge will be shown on NBC Sports on Sunday, June 16 at 5:00 PM ET. Both races can also be streamed on demand at world-challengetv.com. The next round of World Challenge will be July 4-6 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.