Pfaff Motorsports salvages vital points at Watkins Glen, looks forward to home race at CTMP/MosportJul 3rd, 2019
AFTER SUFFERING FIRST LAP PUNCTURE, PFAFF-CASTROL GT3 R
POWERS BACK AFTER SIX HOURS TO P6 FINISH IN NEW YORK STATE
Watkins Glen, NY, July 2, 2019 //A week of showing consistent pace and race promise at Watkins Glen International turned into a recovery effort after the Pfaff-Castrol Porsche
911 GT3 R came into contact with another incident on the first lap of the six-hour race.
Qualifying in P6 just eight-tenths of a second off pole position, the team was looking towards a strong strategic race to climb up the field at the 5.43-km (3.4 mile) circuit, but as the green flag waved, Canadian Zach Robichon fell victim to a collision between the factory GTLM Corvette and Porsche in turn three, which collected the Pfaff driver, forcing him to pit and replace a damaged front left wheel and front bumper.
Exiting in second-to-last position, Robichon and the Pfaff team moved to flawless execution of the remainder of the race, moving up to seventh position by lap 32 of 188 and into the top five by lap 52. German Lars Kern continued to maximize the pace of the Castrol-liveried 911, climbing as high as second, before the round of pit stops when Scott Hargrove jumped in for the final stint in ninth position. From there, the Canadian put in the team’s fastest lap of the six-hour race with a time of 1:45.253, climbing back through the field to return to a respectable sixth-place finish at the checkered flag.
“We were very lucky to escape the first lap with just damage to the flat tire and front bumper,” Robichon said. “Of course, that put us on the back foot right away, but I think the team did a great job with our pit stops, and both Lars and Scott did a great job to battle throughout the day.”
“For the most part, my double stint went according to plan, though we had a few issues overtaking the other cars,” Kern added. “The team did an excellent job maximizing the car through the entire weekend, but at the end we just didn’t have the top speed.”
With back-to-back race weekends, Pfaff took the Canada Day holiday to set up the GT3 R in New York before returning to Canada for round five at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) this weekend, where they are aiming for a strong showing in front of their hometown crowd.
“This is a track we’re all very familiar with, and have each shown success at,” Robichon said. “It’s one we’ve been looking forward to all season, so it will be great to come home and race for everyone who has shown us so much support all season long.”
“This race is definitely a highlight of the year for us,” Hargove added. “As the only Canadian race on the calendar, we’re all prepared to perform our best in front of our Canadian fans and hopefully give them something to cheer for!”
The team returns to the track this Friday for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, taking place in Bowmanville, Ontario from July 5 to 7.
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