Bowmanville, Ontario (July 25, 2011)
TRG moved into the GTC class lead by scoring its second one-two finish in a row with another powerful and consistent performance at the Grand Prix of Mosport, the fourth round of American Le Mans Series.
This week, Spencer Pumpelly in the Racer’s Roast/Fox River Coffee No. 66 Porsche passed teammate Dion von Moltke on the final lap in his No. 68 PR Newswire/ Team Baltimore Racing/ South African Airways Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Two weeks ago at Lime Rock, it was von Moltke who passed Pumpelly on the last lap to create TRG’s 1-2 finish there.
“This is fantastic,” said team owner Kevin Buckler. “To put back-to-back 1-2 finishes together is a tribute to all four drivers and how hard this very, very dedicated team and crew works.” With both cars running strong and near the front most of the day, Pumpelly, who was leading at the time, was tapped by GT leader Dirk Werner in his BWM with just a little more than 30 minutes left in the race. Pumpelly fought off the opponent’s shunt, which dropped him into fourth, to gradually work his way into second behind von Moltke who was trying to conserve just a little fuel in order to avoid the fate of Alex Job’s No. 23 car that ran out of gas with less than a minute remaining while in the lead.
Pumpelly, on slightly fresher tires, was able to get by von Moltke to gain the win that he lost at his teammate’s hands two weeks earlier.
“Hey, we’re teammates and we drive for a great team,” said Pumpelly, “but you always want to win and with the #66 on fresher tires and charging hard I was in position to get by. It was amazing, though, how even the cars were all day longâ€”a real tribute to the TRG guys.”
Buckler also praised the efforts of each team’s leadoff drivers, Ende and Bunting.
“Duncan just keeps getting stronger and stronger with this race being a real testament to his driving, his patience and his racecraft,” said the team owner. “And I can’t say enough about Marc for stepping into the car this week. That should really help him get ready for Mid-Ohio and Baltimore. Dion was a ROCK this weekend and drove his heart out & showed real professionalism in his driving again this weekend. We have a great team right now and today it really showed once again.”
The consecutive strong finishes unofficially give TRG a one-point lead in the GTC class championship. Von Moltke, Pumpelly and Ende all moved into second place in driver points, 11 points behind class leader Tim Pappas of Black Swan.
The American Le Mans Series returns to the track on August 6 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. You can watch the race live on ESPN3.com at 3:15 p.m. ET, or catch it on ESPN2 at 10:00 p.m. on August 7th!
Video footage of the win can be seen here:
Video courtesy of ESPN Motors TV Live and MT89Motorsport2