June 21, 2010 (Ormond Beach, FL) â€“ The broken front bumper and bent hood on the No. 23 Racerâ€™s Roast Porsche Cayman was a clear indication of the carâ€™s having been through a war, but some bent up bodywork was no problem for BGB Motorsports as the team recorded a top-5 finish in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challengeâ€™s EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past Saturday.
The team, which has campaigned two new Porsche Caymans alongside its trusty Porsche 997 throughout the 2010 season, once again enjoyed its strongest race finish and qualifying performance from the Cayman chassis when Steve Jenkins qualified the No. 38 BRM Watches / Laps.com Porsche fifth on the starting grid for Saturdayâ€™s race. Teammate Keith Carroll in the No.23 Racerâ€™s Roast Porsche Cayman qualified 14th, while Stewart Tetreault in the No. 83 Performance Drink Porsche Carrera, not feeling all that well, qualified his Porsche to start 23rd.
The start of the EMCO Gears classic was a rough one for the BGB crew, as Carroll completed his first laps with heavy damage to the front of his Porsche Cayman; not long after the start, Tetreault in the No. 83 Performance Drink Porsche Carrera was punted off track and into the turn four gravel trap by a Ford competitor, putting him three laps down as a result. Jenkins, in his Porsche Cayman, ran with the leaders throughout the first stint with Carroll a few places behind, making up ground.
After the restart for the yellow for his teammate Tetreault, Jenkins â€“ who was putting in his strongest performance of the seasonâ€“, was turned sideways by another Mustang in turn five, causing him to be hit by two other cars, leading to his immediate retirement. It was a tough end to the race for the No. 38 BRM Watches / Laps.com Porsche Cayman, the strongest of the BGB Motorsports cars at the beginning of the race, and itâ€™s questionable as to whether or not the car can be repaired for the next event.
Duncan Ende would then take over the No. 23 Racerâ€™s Roast Porsche Cayman, and despite the carâ€™s sustaining damage and being in the middle of the fighting pack, he would charge forward throughout the final hour and a half of the race. The late stages saw him advance up to sixth when he caught and passed the Turner Motorsport BMW M3 of Bill Auberlen when the BMW pilot had a problem exiting the famous keyhole corner; contact amongst the leaders in the final laps promoted Ende another position. He would cross the line in fifth, recording the best finish of the year for him and teammate Carroll. Guy Cosmo, who took over the No. 83 Performance Drink Porsche Carrera from Stewart Tetreault, would finish the race albeit in 25th after the car was retired prematurely shortly after Tetreaultâ€™s early-race incident.
The results move the No. 23 car to eighth in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Team Championship, with the No. 83 car falling to tenth and the No. 38 car falling to 20th as a result of its DNF.
â€œThat was a really tough race for us, with the No. 83 and No. 38 cars getting taken out so early,â€ said John Tecce, Team Manager of BGB Motorsports. â€œBoth of those cars could have been in the top-10 or top-5 today. Iâ€™m glad we had Keith and Duncan as our last bullet in the gun â€“ the car wasnâ€™t pretty afterwards but it looked great finishing fifth. They did a great job and the team has done a great job getting the new Caymans up to speed.Â Now all we have to do is find 3 separate body shops to work on all 3 cars at once for us before New Jersey.â€
The EMCO Gears Classic will be broadcast on Saturday, June 26, at 11:00 AM EST on SPEEDTV. The next Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race will be July 16-17 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
BGB Motorsports is an ambitious, professional motorsports business.Â The teamâ€™s facility is located less than 15 miles from Daytona International Speedway and the headquarters for the Grand American Road Racing Association. The team operates as a customer oriented business, running cars under the Grand American Road Racing, Sports Car Club of America and Porsche Club of America sanctioning bodies.