After a win at Lime Rock, Ende, Junqueira, and RSR Racing are looking for another
July 17, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ Two weeks after scoring his first American Le Mans Series win of the year at Lime Rock Park, Duncan Ende â€“ along with teammate Bruno Junqueira and the RSR Racing team â€“ head to the track formerly known as Mosport full of confidence and with high hopes for a repeat performance.
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is one of the circuits that Ende looks forward to the most on the ALMS schedule. The fast, daunting circuit is a favorite of Endeâ€™s and one which will challenge the drivers not only to extract the most out of their machines, but to manage traffic at a track where large amounts of time can be won or lost in the trackâ€™s fast corners at this weekendâ€™s Mobil 1 SportsCar Challenge.
â€œWithout a doubt, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is one of the most exciting tracks we go to all year,â€ said Ende. â€œHow can you not love this track? It is fast, has blind corners, and is really fun in a Prototype Challenge car. Itâ€™s a big challenge and it becomes an even bigger challenge when you are fighting for position or dealing with the GT class traffic. You can gain or lose a lot of time in a short period of time if you are held up for a corner or two, so managing traffic is as important as ever.â€
Ende is eager to get back in the no. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 after enjoying a strong run two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park. During the opening stint Ende went a lap up on the rest of the Prototype Challenge field â€“ which was the third race in a row that Ende had led the PC class during the opening stages. On the back of that strong run, Junqueira guided the car home to the duoâ€™s first win of the year.
â€œAfter a couple of races where we were able to lead but had things happen in the second half of the race, it was a great boost to have everything come together to get that win,â€ said Ende. â€œObviously, weâ€™d like to do it again this weekend. The Prototype Challenge class is really competitive, so Iâ€™ll be doing anything I can to give Bruno an edge when he gets into the car to bring it home. Of course I want to keep the car clean and bring it in with no damage, but if we keep having good stops and I can give him the car in the lead, it canâ€™t hurt.â€
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will be shown on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 21 at 1:00 PM ET, and will be streamed live on ESPN3.com starting at 11:45 AM ET on Sunday, June 21.
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