Action Packed Thriller At The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joao Barbosa held off a furious charge from Alex Gurney in the closing laps to win Sunday’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen Int’l.
Barbosa drove the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP he shares with Darren Law around Gurney in lapped traffic with approximately 16 minutes left and pulled out to more than a three-second lead. Gurney didn’t give up, slicing and dicing his way through traffic as he closed the gap in the final laps.
With three laps left Gurney’s No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP had all but caught Barbosa. Gurney shadowed Barbosa through traffic, but Gurney lost all of his momentum when a GT car blocked his path with two laps left.
Gurney gave it everything he had, but he simply ran out of time as Barbosa brought the No. 9 Daytona Prototype across the finish line only .238 second ahead of the No. 99 that Gurney shares with Jon Fogarty. It was the closest finish in the history of the six-hour endurance event.
“It was so competitive, everybody was at such a good pace,” said Barbosa after his second victory of the season. “I saw an opportunity when the No. 99 got held up in traffic and I said it’s now or never.”
Gurney gave Barbosa all the credit for making a great move in traffic to snatch the lead away.
“That was pretty disappointing because the car was so good,” Gurney said. “I caught that GT car at precisely the wrong point. Joao put a nice move on (me) and that was it.”
The No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford-Riley driven by Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio completed the Daytona Prototype podium.
Robin Liddell put the Stevenson Motorsports No. 57 Chevrolet Camaro GT.R that he shares with John Edwards in victory lane in the GT class, easily outdistancing the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 shared by Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana and Billy Johnson.
“I’m so proud of the guys, they did an awesome job today,” Liddell said. “I’m just really emotional because we’ve been fighting so hard this year. We just never seemed to catch a break.”
The No. 69 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 shared by Emil Assentato, Anthony Lazzaro and Jeff Segal was third in the GT class.
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