Patrón points at half way

June 29, 2014

Patrón points at half way

June 29, 2014

race_half_way_6_29_14Points were on offer for the Patrón Endurnace Cup at the half way point of the Sahlens 6 Hour at the Glen today with Action Express Racing and Corvette Racing taking home the half way haul.

Heading into the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Action Express Racing was not shy about its plans to pull out all stops in the race for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

race_glen_6_29_14_ 26With three hours down and three to go at Watkins Glen International, the team’s strategy paid off, as the No. 5 Corvette DP driven by Joao Barbosa earned the maximum five points from the first of two Patrón Endurance Cup segments, while teammate Brian Frisselle ran second – worth four points – in the No. 9 Corvette DP. Running third and earning three points was Richard Westbrook in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP.

Barbosa and co-driver Christian Fittipaldi came into the race leading the Prototype (P) class Patrón Endurance Cup standings by one point over Sage Karam. Unofficially, they now lead the race for the $100,000 prize by four points, 28-24, over Karam and brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle.

No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driver Jan Magnussen led a 1-2 sweep for Corvette Racing at the halfway point in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen ahead of Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.

Magnussen earned the maximum five points for himself and teammate Antonio Garcia, which vaulted them back into the Patrón Endurance Cup GTLM battle. With 17 points coming into the race, they now have 22 points – well within striking distance for the title.

“Everything is running fine. Traffic is the key thing here. No matter what pace you have, it’s about how much time you lose on the other laps,” said Garcia.

“We seem to be running through traffic OK. The car is fantastic through traffic. It is very early but we need to keep going around and staying out of trouble. If everything continues like this then I think we have a shot in the end.”

Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner, meanwhile, jumped into the Patrón Endurance Cup lead with their four points. They now lead No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR teammates Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy by one point, 26-25. The prize for winning is $100,000 to the team.

Other leaders half way through the event including Chris Cumming, Rusty Mitchell and Alex Tagliani from RSR Racing in PC and the Tuner Motorsport BMW of Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala in GTD.

As the race entered its final two hours, the Spirit of Daytona entry of Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook help the advantage in Prototypes while Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen continued to dominate in GTLM.

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