August 21, 2006 (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin) “Stellar!” was the first word from Duncan Ende at the conclusion of this weekend’s IMSA Lites racing event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The 21 year old from Los Angeles, California gave further evidence of his outstanding natural driving talent by dominating the L2 class, after sorting out some practice and qualifying gremlins on Friday.
“We had a problem on Thursday and Friday, where the shifting system was just not working right” explained Ende. “We replaced a solenoid and the shifter mechanism on Friday night and that took care of that.”
After qualifying in a troubled 12th place, 3.2 seconds slower than the fastest car on Friday, Saturday saw Duncan light up his West Racing WR1000 sports racer to over one and half seconds faster than his best competitor during the actual race, overcoming an early spin to avoid a stalled competitor, and then passing everyone to take the lead with 2 laps remaining in the 12 laps opening event. In doing so, he set a track record for the West Race Car WR1000.
Sunday’s second race saw Ende start his WR1000 machine from the front row and never look back as he drove away from the field to an easy victory. “It couldn’t have been a better weekend!” enthused Duncan.
The next race for Duncan will be the September 27-30 Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta in Georgia.