Page: 1  2   3  Links
MONTREAL - August 29 -- Despite dark and dreary wet weather conditions, Saturday was a good day for Porsche teams competing in the Montreal 200 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard
(Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) finished second in their #12 Verizon Wireless Penske Porsche Riley and narrowly missed their first victory of the season. Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) and Dirk Werner (Germany) missed the GT podium, finishing sixth in their #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, but padded their Acxiom GT championship points lead to 35 points, a full race's worth of points. And TRG gave Porsche its only podium position in GT.

"Like Romain said, we are very happy to be back on the podium," Bernhard said. "This was our race to win but with the changing conditions, rain, then dry, then pouring rain, and not
drying as well, it was difficult for the crew to decide what to do. Romain gave me a good car in the lead after his good start, and the changing with the rain, hurt us in strategy. It was crazy changing from pouring rain to dry track, so I am happy to be on the podium, knowing we should have won. We were strong, and that gives us hope for the next race."

It has been a trying season for the Porsche works drivers in this, their rookie season, of Grand-Am competition. Montreal marks their best finish of the season, and only third podium.

"Yes, for sure, it was the big day for us," Dumas said. "Thanks to Grand-Am (rule change restoring RPM limit to max 9600), and the good car the Penske crew gives us, we able to battle up front. It was a nice race and we had the chance to win. It has been six months since we feel that way. We're happy with a podium but feel we could have won this race, and
that makes the entire Penske team feel good."

Brian Frisselle (Aspen, Co) and Max Angelelli (Monaco) took the overall victory by 61 seconds over Bernhard and Dumas in their #10 Ford Dallara, thanks to a different strategy that had
them stay on rain tires while other frontrunners, include Penske, pitted twice to change from slicks to rains and back to slick tires in the final 30 minutes of a two-race race plagued with rapidly changing weather conditions.

The #58 Brumos Porsche Riley of David Donohue (Malvern, PA) and Darren Law (Phoenix, AZ) had a action-filled path to finish fifth. Donohue had qualified fourth but the team was penalized for being four pounds underweight, and started 15th, at the back of the Daytona Prototypes. Donohue charged through the pack after pitting on the first lap to change tires,
  Next Page >>