Pace in opening double-stint ensures victory for no. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09
July 6, 2013 (Lakeville, Conn.) â€“ Duncan Ende and teammate Bruno Junquiera scored their first American Le Mans Series win of the year at Saturdayâ€™s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
After starting the no. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 from second position, Ende quickly assumed the lead of the Prototype Challenge class and began to build a substantial advantage over the rest of the PC field. At the end of the first stint, the RSR Racing team elected to keep Ende in the car for a double-stint in the high heat and humidity of the day. Endeâ€™s lead continued to grow â€“ eventually lapping the entire PC field before turning the car over to Junquiera.
With the cushion of a lap, Junquiera brought the no. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 home for the win at the end of the two hour and forty-five minute race. Ende and Junquiera led every lap of the PC race, and finished fifth in the overall standings.
â€œFirst off, this was 100% thanks to the amazing RSR Racing crew,â€ said Ende. â€œI went off in practice yesterday and gave the guys a lot of extra work to do. They got the car back out there and Bruno put it P2 in qualifying, so I figured the least I could do was give Bruno a good car in a good position. The car was great and I was able to push it hard throughout each stint on the Continental Tires, which held up really well in the heat. Â Itâ€™s a great feeling to get my first win with RSR and Bruno.â€
The high heat and humidity of the race played a factor throughout the race, with cars and drivers struggling throughout the race. Ende had no troubles during his double-stint, which was a necessity because of the fuel mileage and drive-time rules at Lime Rock, thanks to extra time recently spent on his road bicycle.
â€œAs the first driver you know that strategy will normally dictate that you have a short period of time behind the wheel, but today we knew I would be starting with a double stint,â€ said Ende. â€œI was really thankful that Iâ€™ve been putting some extra time on my road bike, climbing a lot of hills in the hills around Los Angeles. It really helped me deal with the heat today.â€
This was also Endeâ€™s third straight American Le Mans Series podium at Lime Rock Park, a track that has been kind to him.
â€œLime Rock Park is my kind of track,â€ said Ende. â€œIn ALMS I was second here in GT-C in 2011, third in PC last year, and we won this year. I also scored my first podium and win in Grand-Am at Lime Rock. This may be my favorite track.â€
Ende also competed in the Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader at Lime Rock, finishing fourth in Saturdayâ€™s race and eighth in Sundayâ€™s race after his no. 24 STANDD / Merchant Services Audi R8 LMS sustained damage from another car.
Ende will compete in the next ALMS race, the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport, July 19-21 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
To learn more:
Media Contact: Efrain Olivares | 818.254.7196 | firstname.lastname@example.org