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Storming Drive for Wilden Ends with a Sixth at Barber and Valuable Points for BGB Motorsports

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Motorsport News

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Dr. Rod Randall and Wilden record second top-ten of the year while Dr. Jim Norman and Spencer Pumpelly are forced to retire early

At one point, Ken Wilden, behind the wheel of the no. 83 BGB / TFR Racing Porsche Carrera, needed to unlap himself during a restart in Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorports Park. Aggressive driving and the speed of his Porsche allowed Wilden to get past the race leader and drive away, getting the car solidly back on the lead lap when a much-needed full course caution came out 20 minutes later.

After the caution allowed him to make up track position, Wilden made up ten positions in the final hour – capping an inspired drive with a pass on the final lap to bring the car he shares with Dr. Rod Randall to the checkered flag in sixth position.

“The BGB Porsche was fantastic at Barber,” said Wilden. “Rod drove great to make up a few positions and get to 13th. Unfortunately during a caution we got stuck behind a car that had not pitted, so we lost a lap and had to get it back. I was able to drive back to sixth, which was great points for us.”

“Ken did an amazing job, battling with the leaders to get back on the lead lap and then coming all the way back to sixth,” said Randall. “The guys worked hard on the car all weekend and the finish puts us in a great position in the championship. With two great runs in a row I think we have some good momentum and I’m really looking forward to the next race at Road Atlanta.”

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It was a much shorter day for the no. 38 BGB / CalciumPro Porsche Carrera. After making up several positions from the start of the race, Norman was forced to retire the car just past the thirty minute mark.

“Retiring early during the GS race was most disappointing,” said Norman. “We were confident of another podium finish since Spencer is the master at this track. We were looking forward to improving on our second place position in the championship points.”

“The GS car was quick,” said Pumpelly. “I’m sure we’ll look past issue that held us back today. The bigger issue is the points hit we took, but, you have to think that over the course of the season, everyone is going to have a bad race. It’s unfortunate that ours happened so soon, but it doesn’t necessarily take us out of the championship.”

Wilden and Randall now sit fifth in the GS Driver’s Championship, with BGB also occupying eighth in the Team Championship. Norman is now eighth in the Driver’s Championship with Pumpelly, who didn’t have the chance to get in the car, is now fourteenth.

The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 PM ET on SPEED. The next CTSCC race will be April 18-20 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

 

Source: BGB Racing