After being knocked out of Laguna Seca, Ende and Junquiera are looking for redemption
July 1, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ After the traditional LeMans break, Duncan Ende, teammate Bruno Junquiera and the RSR Racing team are looking for a win at this weekendâ€™s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park after a mid-race incident robbed them of a shot at a podium at the ALMSâ€™s previous race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Ende and Junquiera visited the Prototype Challenge podium at the seriesâ€™ second round at Long Beach, when Ende led early before traffic on pit road dropped the no. 9 RSR Oreca FLM09 to third position in class. After narrowly missing out on the podium at Sebring as well, Ende is anxious to get back on track and aim for the podium again.
â€œObviously, our result at Laguna Seca was really disappointing, but the worst part of it all was it was the last race before the long LeMans break,â€ said Ende. â€œSo itâ€™s what weâ€™ve been thinking about for the past six weeks, especially since we led a good portion of that race and Bruno was in a great battle for the lead at the end. Itâ€™s hard to bet against Bruno in one of these PC cars.â€
The ALMS race will be run on the modified version of the famous Lime Rock Park circuit, with a chicane added at the end of No Name Straight in order to keep the speeds of the cars down around the short and fast 1.53-mile circuit. While this helps to create an additional passing zone, it will also create additional congestion for the multi-class racing of the ALMS.
â€œFor me, Lime Rock will be all about keeping the car in one piece and giving it to Bruno without a scratch on it,â€ said Ende. â€œItâ€™s going to be an absolutely crazy race with traffic. We should be as fast as some of the P2 cars and the GTE cars will be faster than we are at the start, and it will be no time before we are lapping the GTC and some of the GTE cars. There will be a lot of contact and cautions, and itâ€™s my job to stay out of all of it.â€
Not only will he be competing in the ALMS race, but Ende will also compete in the Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader in the no. 24 STANDD / Merchant Services Audi R8 LMS at Lime Rock Park.
The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix will be broadcast live on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 6 at 3:00 PM ET.
For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
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