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5 Action Express Team Takes Patrón Endurance Cup Segment 1 At The Glen
Posted by: newsla on Jun 30, 2014 - 06:25 AM
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5 Action Express Team Takes Patrón Endurance Cup Segment 1 At The Glen


Heading into the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Action Express Racing was not shy about its plans to pull out all stops in the race for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

 

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With three hours down and three to go at Watkins Glen International, the team’s strategy paid off, as the No. 5 Corvette DP driven by Joao Barbosa earned the maximum five points from the first of two Patrón Endurance Cup segments, while teammate Brian Frisselle ran second - worth four points - in the No. 9 Corvette DP. Running third and earning three points was Richard Westbrook in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP.

Barbosa and co-driver Christian Fittipaldi came into the race leading the Prototype (P) class Patrón Endurance Cup standings by one point over Sage Karam. Unofficially, they now lead the race for the $100,000 prize by four points, 28-24, over Karam and brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle.

Corvette Racing Sweeps First Patrón Endurance Cup Segment In GTLM

No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driver Jan Magnussen led a 1-2 sweep for Corvette Racing at the halfway point in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen ahead of Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.

Magnussen earned the maximum five points for himself and teammate Antonio Garcia, which vaulted them back into the Patrón Endurance Cup GTLM battle. With 17 points coming into the race, they now have 22 points - well within striking distance for the title.

Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner, meanwhile, jumped into the Patrón Endurance Cup lead with their four points. They now lead No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR teammates Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy by one point, 26-25. The prize for winning is $100,000 to the team.

No. 08 RSR Racing Team Leads Prototype Challenge At Halfway

Chris Cumming led the Prototype Challenge (PC) field at the halfway point to earn the maximum five points for himself, teammates Rusty Mitchell and Alex Tagliani, and the No. 08 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 team.

It was far and away the team’s best Patrón Endurance Cup segment to date, as it came into the race with just seven points - largely due to the fact that it earned zero points in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. In keeping with a similar theme to the Prototype and GT Le Mans classes, RSR Racing also had a 1-2 sweep at halfway.

Bruno Junqueira was second in the No. 09 ORECA FLM09, earning four points, while Mike Hedlund was third in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry and taking three points. The No. 09 team also did not earn points at Daytona and now has an unofficial total of 17, while the No. 38 team received zero points at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

Despite running sixth at the halfway point, the No. 54 CORE autosport team of Colin Braun, Jon Bennett and James Gue continue to lead comfortably overall in the Patrón Endurance Cup standings. They now have 33 unofficial points to 26 for the No. 25 8Star Motorsports team and driver Tom Kimber-Smith.

The prize for winning the Patrón Endurance Cup in PC is $50,000 for the champion team.

Palttala, No. 94 Turner Motorsport Team Max Out In GTD Segment One

Finnish racer Markus Palttala gave the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 team the maximum five Patrón Endurance Cup points by leading after three hours in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

It was the second time the team has earned the five-point maximum, as they took the first of three segments in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The team of Palttala and Dane Cameron still have a long way to go, however, as they did not score points at Daytona.

Second at halfway was Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. 33 Viper Exchange Dodge SRT Viper GT3-R for Riley Motorsports. Bleekemolen and co-driver Ben Keating earned four points for the effort, giving them a total of 12. They did not score at Sebring.

The leader in the race for the $50,000 GTD prize remains the No. 55 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 team of Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. They were third at the three-hour mark, running their unofficial total to 33 points, 13 better than a two-way tie for second.

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