Ende Brings Home Damaged Car in Fourth Position at the Track Formerly Known as Mosport
July 23, 2012 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ Stepping into a wounded car at one of the most daunting tracks on the American Le Mans Series schedule, Duncan Ende, driver of the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing machine in the Prototype Challenge class, had his work cut out for him.
The car, which led early in the two hour and forty-five minute race at the hands of teammate Henri Richard, had subsequently suffered damage to the bodywork and undercar aerodynamics as a result of a spin and contact with the wall. Immediately following the incident, which occurred with roughly an hour and forty-five minutes remaining, Ende was put in the car to go the duration of the race.
The spin would also cause Ende to lose two laps as repairs were affected to the car. While Ende was able to have a decent pace throughout the race, running as high as fourth, his chance to get onto the podium for the second-straight race was taken away when he was forced to take an extra pit stop to serve a penalty for an infraction during his final pit stop.
In the end, Ende would cross the finish line in the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing PC car in fourth position.
â€œAfter the high that was Lime Rock, just missing the podium here feels like a little bit of a low,â€ said Ende. â€œAfter the incident I knew we would need some luck to get back into the top-three, and we almost had a shot at it at the end of the race. Two podiums in a row would have been mega, but things didnâ€™t play out our way this time. But as fast and challenging as Mosport is, especially with several classes on track at the same time, just bringing the car home can be a victory.â€
Despite a somewhat underwhelming result, Ende brought some positives away from the weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
â€œThis was the first weekend that Henri led laps in our Prototype Challenge car, and thatâ€™s a big boost for the team,â€ said Ende. â€œI was pretty happy with my pace even though we had some bodywork damage and some damage to the tunnels underneath the car. But we came away from Mosport mostly intact and having made another step forward with our pace. Iâ€™m excited for our next race at Mid-Ohio.â€
The turnaround will be fast for the Dempsey Racing team, as the next race on the 2012 ALMS schedule, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, is in a mere ten days on August 2-4. The two hour and forty-five minute race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be shown live on August 4, starting at 2:00 PM ET on ABC.
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