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Second and Ninth for BGB Motorsports in Road Atlanta Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

April 23, 2013 by  
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Dr. Jim Norman and Andy Lally team to finish second while Dr. Rod Randall and Ken Wilden score third straight top-ten

It was another strong showing for the pair of BGB Motorsports Porsche Carreras in Road Atlanta, as Dr. Jim Norman and Andy Lally teamed to finish in second place while their teammates Dr. Rod Randall and Ken Wilden came home in ninth position in Saturday’s Pricewaterhouse Cooper 250 at Road Atlanta.

Lally, driving the no. 38 BGB / CalciumPro Porsche Carrera in place of his good friend Spencer Pumpelly, pushed the eventual winner John Edwards in a tight battle that ended only when a full course caution came out in the closing stages of the race, denying him a chance to take the lead.

“I have mixed feelings on the race since we had such a good car and were fighting for the win,” said Lally. “I was fighting hard but not taking the chances that I would if I knew the race would have been cut short. Edwards had a strong car and did a great job at making his Camaro extra wide once I got to his bumper. I would have done the same thing in that situation. It was good, clean, hard racing. I really think it was ours if it stayed green.”

Putting together another strong run and their third-straight top-ten finish, Randall and Wilden finished ninth in the no. 83 BGB / TFR Racing Porsche Carrera after being embroiled in a heavy battle during the final hour of the race. As has become his custom, Wilden charged through the field, three-wheeling the BGB Porsche for the photographers.

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“One of these races we will get on the podium, but we are really happy with the points for a top-ten,” said Wilden. “Our BGB Porsche was fast and Rod did a great job in his opening stint. Even though he started up front because qualifying was set on points, Rod looked aggressive and racier than normal at a place we hadn’t ever visited. He had a lot of pressure starting sixth and he handled it really well. I think we had a chance to make up more positions at the end of the race but the yellow at the end saved a few cars from having to stop for fuel – and with no restart, we were just stuck at the end. I think we would have gotten a few more cars at the end if the yellow hadn’t gone to the checkered.”

Finishing second moves Norman to fourth in the GS Driver’s Championship, with Randall and Wilden maintaining their sixth place in the championship. BGB Motorsports also sits fourth and sixth in the GS Team Championship after four rounds of the 2013 season.

“We had two really good cars in Road Atlanta,” said John Tecce, BGB Motorsports team principal. “I owe Rod and Kenny a better finish because of the four races, we have had a top-five car each time yet we have had a tiny bit of bad luck which there’s not much room for when you are in the most competitive series in North America. People complain a lot about the rules but if you look at the speed of the Aston-Martins, BMWs, Camaros, Fords and the Porsches and look at the wins, the series has things pretty balanced right now. This weekend, both Kenny or Andy thought they would have had to force the issue to pass the Camaro, so we are content. The rules seem balanced.”

The next round of the CTSCC will be the Diamond Cellar Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, which will be streamed live on SPEED2.com. The race will air on Saturday, June 23 at 4:00 PM ET on SPEED Channel.

 

Source: BGB Motorsports