Grand AM » 13 June 2007
Grand-Am: Second GT win for TRG.
Team TRG claimed its second GT-class win for 2007 as drivers Andy Lally, RJ Valentine and Spencer Pumpelly piloted the CRG Porsche GT3 to a solid victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at historic Watkins Glen International Raceway.
By winning Round Seven of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series California-based TRG team made it two wins in the last three races, having won the U.S. Sports Car Invitational just three weeks ago at Laguna Seca.
Lining up 22nd on the starting grid, RJ Valentine took the green flag and maintained a strong pace before turning the controls over to New York native and 2004 Six Hours of The Glen winner Andy Lally.
Lally ran a methodical first stint, displaying his trademark precision driving as he climbed to fifth-place at the one-hour mark and up to second-place within the first 90 minutes of the race. At just under two hours into the enduro, Lally handed the controls over to teammate Spencer Pumpelly.
A three-time Rolex Series race winner, Pumpelly focused on running consistent laps and conserving the equipment, especially the brakes and tires. He stayed in contention, keeping the No. 66 Porsche GT3 in the top-three over the ensuing 55 laps around the grueling 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course.
With time winding down, Lally re-entered competition for the final one hour sprint to the checkered flag. Stalking the GT-class leading No. 87 Porsche of Richard Westbrook, Lally utilised his extensive Watkins Glen experience to make the decisive pass for the lead with just 20-minutes remaining in the race.
In the closing laps, Lally held off the challenge of eventual second-place finisher Dirk Werner in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 to win by a margin of just over 2.5-seconds.
“This was an incredible win for us,” said Lally. “The entire team ran like clockwork today and our strategy and car set-up put us in a great position to fight for the win. Being from New York and having my family here, I was very motivated to win - but when I looked in my mirrors and saw Dirk (Werner) coming, I knew I was going to have to push hard.
“He was very fast and does not make mistakes, so I knew I was going to have to drive 100% flat out with no mistakes as well. Spence and RJ both did a great job as usual and our TRG Porsche was a rocket. Kevin, Lars, Gary, Jeff, Flemming, Bill and all the guys deserve a lot of credit for this. The entire TRG crew is excellent.”
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