Exciting Weekend for TRG in Inaugural Baltimore GP

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The inagrual Baltimore Grand-Prix turned out to be an eventful weekend for the entire TRG crew. The weekend got off to a late start as the organizers struggled to tie loose ends around the completely new, temporary street circuit. In turn, the drivers were required to adapt to the new track in only two shortened practice sessions. In the closing laps of the first session, Duncan Ende, in the No. 66 Racer's Roast/Fox River Coffee/Marriott Porsche, was caught out by one of the circuit's high speed, mid-corner bumps and made contact with the barriers causing significant damage to the left rear. Meanwhile, local driver Marc Bunting and his co-driver, Dion von Moltke, were adapting nicely to the dynamic circuit in the No. 68 Team Baltimore Racing/South African Airways/PR Newswire 911.
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Dion (left) and Marc (right) discuss the new circuit midway through the first practice.
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As the No. 66 returned on the flatbed, things looked grim. It was going to take a miracle to get the car ready for the impending race. Luckily, Duncan was unharmed. 
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In just over an hour, the car was stripped and loaded on another flatbed to be taken to a local body shop. If there's a team that can pull off a miracle, it's TRG. 
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After pulling an all-nighter to complete the necessary work on the No. 66, there seemed to be a light at the end of the dark tunnel and it appeared as though it would be ready to take the grid. What an amazing effort by the dedicated TRG crew! 
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Later on that day Dion (left), Marc (right) and Kevin (not pictured), hosted ALMS Tech-Talk at our rig. There was a great turnout of enthusiastic fans.
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Spencer Pumpelly (left) and his co-driver Duncan Ende (right), on the grid for the ALMS Fan Walk.
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Marc, getting ready to go in his No. 68 Team Baltimore Racing/PR Newswire/South African Airways Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Naturally, having had very little practice/prep time and having to start from the back, the No. 66 with Spencer and Duncan was a bit behind the eight ball entering the race. The guys raced hard from the drop of the green. Duncan took advantage of a full course yellow to get thier driver-swap out of the way near the midway point, handing the car to Spencer in 6th. Spencer drove hard, putting on an impressive run, and eventually raced up to 4th. 

The No. 66 of Marc and Dion, looked strong. Marc did a fantastic job, running 3rd on the bumpy streets. The crew had a near-perfect pit stop that allowed Dion to enter the race 2nd! Dion ran fast, lap after lap, and eventually found himself racing Spencer for 3rd.
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Marc Bunting digs hard to gain more track position.
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Kevin Buckler, the team owner, carefully calls the shots as his guys battle on the track.
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The No. 66 in good form, yet again, on the streets of Baltimore.
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The crew looks on as Spencer and Duncan drive nose-to-tail in the closing minutes of the race. 
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Following a last minute, unscheduled pit-stop, due to a broken wheel, Spencer brought the car home P6. The No. 68 finshed P5 after a long, hard fought battle late in the race.

The TRG guys were simply amazing this weekend. They proved that they are more than capable of coming together, overcoming adversity and handling objectives in high-pressure situations.

Although this put the team a bit behind in the team championship battle, Laguna Seca, TRG's home track, is just around the corner!
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Kevin and the guys share a post-race debrief, looking on to Laguna Seca.

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Last Updated (Friday, 30 September 2011 22:08)

 

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