Grand Am – Watkins Glen – Friday Report
#58 Leads The Way – Three Up
Goodyear joining Mike Borkowski and David Donohue for the six hour
event, the #58 Brumos Porsche was atop the timesheets in both sessions
on Friday, Donohue’s best coming in the first session, a 1:49.248
– a second and a half quicker than the other DPs at that time,
and remaining so after the afternoon session.
is our pivotal month,” said Borkowski. “If we have a
strong June and win a couple of these (races), or hopefully all
of them, we'll be close to Hurley (Haywood) and JC (France) in points
unless they have some really bad luck. Then maybe we'll be right
there. Even assuming they do a decent job, I think we'll still be
behind in points but we'll be within striking distance and it's
going to come down to the last race or two.
“It's got to be
being consistent and winning," said Mike Borkowski, “we
can't loaf through it at all."
Well, they didn’t
today, comfortably fastest, as they have been most of the year so
far. Chris Dyson joins points leaders Hurley Haywood and JC France,
who were fifth fastest at the end of the day – a 1:51.194.
some shock issues that we were working through,” explained
Haywood. “We've got a pretty good handle on it. It's pretty
bumpy in a couple of places.” He elaborated on the fact that
the GTS cars have more power, and Watkins Glen is a power circuit
– but reliability ought to favour the DPs.
Mosler was second fastest in the (largely) quicker second session,
Joao Barbosa paired with Justin Bell again.
quickest overall was Terry Borcheller, hot-footing it back from
Le Mans to set a 1:50.860, barely slower than Barbosa. Fourth was
another GTS runner, the Metcalf / Carelli / Liniger Corvette, so
with the white Brumos car fifth, the Picchio sixth and the returning
Cegwa Sport Toyota-powered Fabcar tenth, the DPs are spread throughout
the top ten at the moment.
The Ferrari of Washington
#33 Ferrari 360GT of Cort Wagner and Brent Martini was quickest
in GT, seventh overall, faster than the Essex Racing SRPll Lola
and the Heritage Mustang.