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October 2, 2011 (Braselton, GA) â€“ Duncan Ende, along with teammates Spencer Pumpelly and Peter Ludwig, were expecting a seesaw battle in Saturdayâ€™s 14th Petit Le Mans, the final round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series season. In the end, the no. 66 TRG / STANDD.org / Racerâ€™s Roast Porsche 911 GT3 Cup would come across the line in third place, cementing second in the GT-C championship for Ende and Pumpelly.
Ende started the race from second place in GT-C, and throughout the next 7 Â½ hours, the three main GT-C competitors â€“ the 66 car, as well as the no. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche and the no. 23 AJR Porsche â€“ swapped the lead as their cars battled with traffic and cycled through all of their co-drivers and pitstops.
A pivotal moment came in Endeâ€™s second stint, just before the race entered its ninth hour. While running in second place, Ende was pushed off track at the exit of turn 11 by a faster prototype, which sent Ende into a spin down the hill. He was able to rejoin the race, but had lost a large amount of time to the leading no. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche and had also lost second place to the no. 23 AGR Porsche, as well as the downforce-producing front splitter on his Porsche.
After one more pitstop, Pumpelly took the car across the checkered flag in third place, down one lap to the winning no. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche. The result was Ende and Pumpellyâ€™s seventh podium in a season highlighted by three wins for their no. 66 TRG / STANDD.org / Racerâ€™s Roast Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
â€œThe championship was a long shot coming into Petit, so we were just going to go for it and be as aggressive as we could,â€ said Ende. â€œI had a great first stint and a great battle with Jeroen throughout the race, while Spencer and Peter both did a great job behind the wheel. In the entire 9 hour race, we had two problems â€“ my spin, and we picked up a stop and go penalty for hitting someone elseâ€™s pit equipment that was left out. Those two problems meant we couldnâ€™t battle for the win at the very end and shows how competitive the GT-C class has been all season.â€
Although Ende missed out on a chance for the class championship, he leaves Road Atlanta happy with his performance and with that of his TRG team.
â€œI think we did a great job this season, and all of the guys were fighting and pushing until the very end,â€ said Ende. â€œSpencer has been an amazing teammate, and all of the guys who work on our TRG Porsche have done an amazing job. Iâ€™m proud of the job they have done this year and Iâ€™m looking forward to our next challenge in 2012.â€
Ende was interviewed by Foxâ€™s Good Day Atlanta on Wednesday morning to talk about his partnership with STANDD.org. Throughout the Petit Le Mans weekend, nearly 400 spectators signed up to take the STANDD.org pledge in Duncanâ€™s TRG pit.
The Petit Le Mans will be broadcast on ABC on Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 PM ET.
For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
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