Clair showed up an hour before the first sprint race on Saturday and decided to start at the back of the pack since he didnít actually qualify the car. It would be Clairís first session in the car and he went right through the field and finished 5th, with the second fastest lap time in the race, a 2:20. Guy knocked three seconds off his lap time with a fast lap of 2:29, which was good enough for 11th place.
Guy planed on painting his car in New Jersey, so he ordered it in primer.
The 90 minute GT enduro was the last race of the day. Alan and Clair were planning on teaming up as usual, but this time Clair was going to start. Edward was to start Guy’s car and turn it over to Guy at the first stop. When the cars got to the false grid the grid steward announced the race would be 45 minutes with no mandatory pit stops! The race was up against nightfall, and many of the cars had no lights, including both Duntov entries.
Edward’s race was a short one as he blew a power steering hose on the pace lap and retired. Clair took the lead at the start with Mike Banz in a Porsche right behind him. Mike had won every HSR GT enduro of the year and he planned on winning this one, but it didn’t happen. On the podium after the race he congratulated Clair and told the world he just knew that Corvette couldn’t keep up that pace for the whole race, and that eventually Clair would have to bobble somewhere, but he didn’t. Clair drove a perfect race for the win. Mike Banz showed amazing class and sportsmanship for a Porsche driver! It was much appreciated
In Sunday’s Group 5 feature race, both Clair and Guy took a step backwards. Clair’s fast lap was a 2:21, and Guy’s was a 2:30. They finished second and ninth, respectively.
Sometimes its automatic, and sometimes you can’t make it happen. It’s one of racing’s mysteries.