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Unpredictable Weather Impacts GRAND-AM Qualifying for the Six Hours of The Glen
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2013 - 04:29 PM
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Unpredictable Weather Impacts GRAND-AM Qualifying for the Six Hours of The Glen


Changing weather conditions have played an ongoing role in preparations for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Rain held off until the very end of today’s 15-minute qualifying session for GT cars at Watkins Glen (NY) International but will still impact the grid for Sunday’s six-hour endurance race. While the GT class, including five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, was able to take the checkered flag in its session, the deluge washed-out Daytona Prototype (DP) qualifying. As a result, GRAND-AM officials declared the DP portion of the grid to be set on team points while the GT field will based on today’s qualifying times.

 

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Leading the way in qualifying for the Porsche contingent was the No. 62 Snow Racing with Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car driven by Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.) in seventh. The 2011 GRAND-AM GT Champion’s time was one-minute, 53.579 seconds around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn track. The lap was less than one second off the pole winning time of Robin Liddell (England) in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Liddell lapped at 1:52.583 just before the rain pounded the circuit. Davis will share the car with co-drivers Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah) and Jan Heylen (Belgium) in the race which is scheduled for a green flag at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) tomorrow.

“We’re pleased with the progress we’re making with the No. 62 UIS Porsche,” said Davis. “With the limited track time we’re just trying to get plenty of seat time for the drivers and make improvements to the car. We basically used qualifying as another session to get ready for the race but we were able to get in one quick lap before it started raining. We have a few ideas to make the car a lot better for tomorrow’s race. I’m really proud of the Wright Motorsports crew. They are pushing hard as always. A little bit of rain in the race tomorrow would be good for us too though.”

Just behind the No. 62 Porsche was the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup entry driven by Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.) and Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.). Lindsey’s lap of 1:53.875 was eighth quickest.

The No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah), Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) and Porsche works driver Richard Lietz (Austria) qualified 11th with Potter driving. The Magnus entry is the GT class point leader and is celebrating its 44th career Rolex Series GT start here tomorrow.

After his qualifying run, Potter offered: "Of course, we would have liked to qualify higher, but it ultimately doesn't matter. The session was a bit wild with the rain falling in different parts of the circuit, so it was more important to just make sure the car came back in one piece. We managed to out qualify some very good teams. Really what matters is a solid stint from me tomorrow before Richard and Andy take control.”

On the grid in 14th is the No. 18 Muehlner Motorsorts America Porsche driven by Formula 1 and Indy car racing veteran Eliseo Salazar who will share the car with fellow Chilean Eduardo Costabal. The No. 80 TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, driven by Tom Haacker (Santa Ana, Calif.), Kelly Collins (Newport Beach, Calif.) and D. Bryce Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) is making its second start of the season from 16th on the GT grid.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen can be seen live on SPEED beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

Qualifying Results – GT Class
1. Liddell (England), Chevrolet Camaro, 1:52.583
2. Curran (USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 1:52.751
3. Segal (USA), Ferrari 458, 1:52.800
4. Albuqurque (Portugal), Audi R8, 1:53.235
5. Auberlen (USA), BMW M3, 1:53.242
6. Balzan (Italy), Ferrari 458, 1:53.533
7. Davis (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:53.579
8. Lindsey (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:53.875
9. Assentato (USA), Ferrari 458, 1:54.060
10. Schaldach USA), BMW M3, 1:54.209
11. Potter (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:55.182
14. Salazar (Chile), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:58.252
16. Haacker (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:03.962


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