Renger the Rainmeister at Wet Watkins Glen

June 28, 2015

Renger the Rainmeister at Wet Watkins Glen

June 28, 2015

Oreca8Renger van der Zande was singin’ in the rain at Watkins Glen International when he and teammates Mike Hedlund and Alex Popow drove the No. 8 Starworks Motorsports Oreca FLM09 to victory in the Prototype Challenge class and finished fourth overall in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Van der Zande was the “Flying Dutchman” who mastered the wet track. As the race ended under caution, he crossed the stripe six seconds ahead of the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Cuttwood Oreca FLM09 driven by Mike Guasch, Tom Kimber-Smith, and Andrew Palmer. Four PC cars completed 157 laps and finished on the lead lap.

It was the second consecutive win for the Starworks team after a victory at Belle Isle, and the fifth career win for van der Zande.

“I knew we were strong in the wet, and you could see that in the race,” he said. “We pulled a 30-second gap before the safety car. The speed is there, we are on a roll, and if nothing happens we can fight for the championship.”

“It was a fast car right off the truck,” added Popow. “Renger did an awesome job in the rain, keeping the car straight. We made some changes on the car during the race, but every single call the team made was perfect.”

Viper93_02The No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT driven by Al Carter, Cameron Lawrence, and Marc Goossens prevailed in the closely fought GT Daytona class as eight GTD cars finished on the lead lap.

Goosens took the lead in GTD with one hour to go, and held it to the finish.

“It was a good win,” said Goosens. “I spent much of the last year developing the GTLM Viper car for Riley Motorsports, but it’s nice to be part of my first win this season. The last caution was because of an incident in Turn 11, but the caution they called before that was a good call from IMSA because we were aquaplaning and the conditions were pretty poor.”

The No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America driven by John Potter, Andy Lally, and Marco Seefried finished second, and the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Haase, Dion von Moltke, and Bryce Miller was third.

After a two-week break, the PC title race will continue at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont. on July 12. The GTD class’ next appearance will be at Lime Rock on July 25.

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