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BGB Motorsports Takes Second Consecutive Rolex Series Win at Porsche 250

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Motorsport News

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Tandem of Norman and Pumpelly Survive Contact To Take Victory and Preserve Norman’s Championship Lead

For the second straight event, Dr. Jim Norman and Spencer Pumpelly stood atop the GX podium in the no. 38 BGB / CalciumPro Porsche Cayman as they took class victory in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.

While facing increased competition from the rapidly-developing Mazda 6 SKYACTIV Diesels, the BGB Cayman prevailed as the Mazdas encountered mechanical problems. The BGB Motorsports team had to preempt a potential mechanical issue of their own as the team was forced to make a gearbox change after qualifying. The Cayman, running the only traditional H-pattern shifter in the Rolex Series, had suffered transmission damage at Circuit of the Americas and the team opted to not risk losing valuable championship points.

“This win gets credited to the great team of mechanics at BGB Motorsports,” said Norman. “We were having some shifting problems with the car during practice and qualifying, so John Tecce made the call to replace the transmission prior to the race. The team was up most of the night getting that completed, and when the green flag dropped, the car was flawless.”

Norman had other adversity to deal with, as contact with a Daytona Prototype sent him off track during the opening stint of the race.

BGB_318“I had a little excitement during the race when a couple of prototypes tried to use our car as a ping-pong ball – one knocking me into the other and then back into the first. That created a three loop spin down the back stretch but I was able to get off of the brakes just enough when I got into the wet grass to give me some directional control keeping the car from hitting the wall. Luckily we were only one lap from a scheduled pit stop and the team was ready to replace the four tires and put Spencer in.”

Pumpelly enjoyed a trouble-free run to the checkered and stretched his gap to three laps over the second-placed Mazda. Racing for the first time in front of his five-month-old son, Ryder, Pumpelly helped Norman extend his GX championship lead.

“Each race we do in GX the competition gets faster and more reliable,” said Pumpelly. “This weekend the Mazdas definitely had the pace to win, but just couldn’t make it to the end. We won the race more with reliability than pace. I’m really proud of the guys at BGB. They put a transmission in late yesterday. They were the last ones to leave the track last night and the first ones here in the morning. The car was flawless, and Dr. Jim did a great job. He handed the car over to me on the lead lap and we took over the race lead when the 00 had to pit.”

Undefeated in the Rolex Series GX class, Norman leads the GX Driver’s Championship and enjoys a fifteen-point advantage while BGB leads the GX Team Championship.

The no. 38 BGB / CalciumPro Porsche Cayman will compete in the next Rolex Series race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA on April 20.

 

Source: BGB Racing