Despite challenging weekend, Ende moves up in GT class championship
July 15, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) â€“ In his first trip to the Acura Sports Car Challenge, part of the Honda Indy 200 at Toronto, Duncan Ende drove his no. 24 STANDD / Merchant Services Audi R8 LMS to sixth in Sundayâ€™s Round 10 of the GT/GTS class championship.
While he ultimately just missed the top-five, the weekend was a struggle for Ende on the bumpy circuit at Exhibition Place. Qualifying in eighth place for the ninth race of the season championship, Ende was held up after the raceâ€™s standing start, losing one position but ultimately picking up two positions to finish in sixth.
â€œToronto was a pretty forgettable race for us,â€ said Ende. â€œIâ€™m glad to have this one in the rear-view mirror and to get out of Toronto without a banged-up race car. We just kind of struggled for grip and pace all weekend, and when I got held up a bit at the start I didnâ€™t have anything for the other guys. I might have caught Randy with some breaks in traffic, but getting around him would have been another matter.â€
While the race was underwhelming in terms of results, it did provide Ende the benefit of jumping ahead one position in the GT class driverâ€™s championship, to seventh with 727 points while also closing the gap to Alex Figge in sixth position.
â€œIf we have to have a bad race, itâ€™s good that we at least made up some ground in the championship,â€ said Ende. â€œI donâ€™t think seventh is anything to get really excited about, but itâ€™s definitely better than eighth. Weâ€™ll have to do a little bit of a regroup before we go to Mid-Ohio, but I think weâ€™ll have something more for the rest of field for the next four races.â€
Rounds eleven and twelve of the World Challenge GT and GTS championships will be August 2-4 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
For more about Duncan Ende, visit www.duncanende.com, or follow him on twitter at @duncanende.
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