Mosport: Autosport Development race one notes

Stu Hayner finishes 15th in first GT race at Mosport Bowmanville, Ont. -- August 5, 2004 Stu Hayner finished 15th in the ...

Stu Hayner finishes 15th in first GT race at Mosport

Bowmanville, Ont. -- August 5, 2004 Stu Hayner finished 15th in the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO in the first of two World Challenge GT races at Mosport. Mosport is scheduled as a double header for the GT class in the SPEED World Challenge Series. The second race will start Sunday at 4:05pm EST.

"We've had pretty good horsepower all weekend," said Hayner. "Our biggest issue now is getting the suspension and handling worked out. We've got new components ready to convert the car over to a new suspension package, but with the recent west coast schedule and then coming here, the car was only back at the shop for about four days. So, for now, these are the cards we're dealt."

"All-in-all, though, we're still very positive about our progress," he continued. "We continue to pick up speed and the car has proven to be very reliable. We'd have liked to finish further up the standings today, but we finished on the same lap as the leaders and brought it home in one piece. This is a tough series with some really strong competition."

Hayner left Mosport for Mid-Ohio immediately following the race. There he'll compete in tomorrow's Grand Am Rolex Cup race. Jim Osborn, will step into the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO for the second GT race on Sunday. A regular in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series driving the Children's Hospital #24 BMW, Jim first began road-racing automobiles in 1996 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the BMWCCA Club Racing Program. In his last 15 starts, Jim finished in the top three 14 times with eleven 1st places. His racing career has included dirt track and asphalt Karting, Solo II, and amateur club racing with NASA, POC, and BMWCCA. In 2002, Jim ran 10 races in SPEED Touring Car in a BMW 325Ci, with a best finish of 13th at Washington, D.C. Osborn's best finish in 2003 was 11th at Sebring.

Hayner will return to Toronto Monday when the team will tape a television segment featuring the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO. The segment will air later this year on SPEED Channel's popular new program, Sports Car Revolution.

The Mosport events are scheduled for [Round Six] Saturday at 4pm and [Round 7] at 4:05pm, Sunday. Both races will air on SPEED, Sunday August 15, at 1pm and 3pm respectively. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

GMAC Commercial Finance, considered a leader in its segment of the financial services market, provides accounts receivable management and financing, asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, retail financing, structured financing, and supply chain management services to a wide variety of clients in diverse industries. Loan facilities are in the $2 million to $200 million range. With locations in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, the Company is positioned to provide lending services worldwide.

Trenton Forging Company from Trenton Michigan is a leading producer of custom impression die forgings to a wide variety of industries. They have a strong reputation as a supplier of choice to many Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive/light truck suppliers. Trenton produces multiple cavity die forgings to meet customers exacting specifications and offers a wide range of high quality custom forging products with exceptional customer service.

In association with Trenton Forging, Autosport Development competes as part of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. All events are nationally televised on SPEED channel (formerly Speedvision). In 2004 the SCCA SPEED World Challenge series will visit Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Infineon Raceway, Portland International Raceway, Mosport International Raceway, Road America, Road Atlanta Motorsports Center and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


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Series PWC
Drivers Jim Osborn , Stu Hayner