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GB Autosport Continues To Build For The Future
Posted by: newsla on May 05, 2014 - 06:48 AM
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GB Autosport Continues To Build For The Future


GB Autosport took more positive steps toward its future this weekend as the team made its first-ever IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship sprint race start in the Continental Tire Grand Prix of Monterey Powered by Mazda. Despite finishing the two-hour combined LMPC and GTD race a disappointing 17th in the order, the team is focused on continuing to develop and improve moving forward after completing just their third race together since forming ahead of the 2014 season.

 

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While the No. 81 Tully’s Porsche 911 GT America didn’t roll off the truck in Monterey quite as quickly as the team would have liked, the group made significant strides from Practice 1 to Practice 2 and from qualifying to the drop of the green flag. In fact, the hard work the crew put in had both drivers Bob Faieta and Damien Faulkner consistently creating fast lap times during practice and even challenging the race-leaders’ times throughout the race.

Faieta took the green flag to open the race, patiently picking off spots and handing the car over to Faulkner during the second full-course caution of the race just inside of the top-10 in ninth place. Unfortunately a small mistake during the stop, coupled with inopportune timing for full course yellows, saw Faulkner cycle out towards the back of the busy 22-car GTD Class field. In spite of Faulkner’s best efforts, including setting the fastest lap time for his class at that point with a lap of 1:28.704-seconds, with just over 45 minutes remaining in the race, the team was unable to make up the lost positions.

“I guess ‘disappointing’ is a good word to describe this race, but at the same time we definitely made a lot of strides in making the car quicker and better over a long run,” said Team Manager, Cole Scrogham after the race. “We just had a very unfortunate situation in our first and really only pit stop that really cost us the race. It cost us the potential of where we were to somewhere in the fourth, fifth or sixth place range. So that is difficult, but that is part of racing. I have seen a lot of races in my career and that is always difficult. But there are a lot of things to take away that are positive as well. We are still building a program, this is just our third race and we still have a lot to learn. Sometimes unfortunate circumstances just sneak up on you, but we have a lot to take away to be excited about the future as well.”

While the GB Autosport crew is impatient for their hard worked-for positive results to come, they remain positive and know that if they continue to push onward and execute as they have been, the results are sure to follow.

The team will be back in action on May 30th and 31st at Belle Isle in Detroit.

Driver Quoteboard:
Bob Faieta – “The guys all did really well, but we just had a really tough field this race and it is also a tough track. We did the best we could. We had a little bit of bad luck as far as timing and the yellow flags, but overall we did the best we could.”

Damien Faulkner – “It just hasn’t been our weekend, we struggled from the start. We were really unlucky in qualifying, but even then, the car was just a bit off. I think for the race we definitely had a better car than in qualifying, but it just wasn’t to be. We just have to keep trying and keep our heads up. The foundations for a fantastic team are all here, the people, personnel and everything so we just have to keep trying. We have to be positive, park today and forget about it and move on to the next one. Looking forward we need to have a clean weekend with no mistakes, and that includes myself, and then see where we are then.”

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