May 18, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Looking to continue with the momentum of their strong results at the previous Pirelli World Challenge round at Barber Motorsports Park, Scuderia Corsa drivers Duncan Ende and Martin Fuentes arrived at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario looking for equally strong results in this past weekend’s doubleheader event.
Battling throughout Saturday’s race on the hard-to-pass CTMP circuit, Ende would finish in thirteenth position. In Sunday’s race, he improved to finish in eleventh position in GT after gaining positions on a restart.
“I was aiming for a bit more heading into this weekend, but ultimately I think we wound up more or less where we belonged,” said Ende. “We struggled with balance in Saturday’s race and the car fell off in race two. I was being held up by a competitor a fair bit early on in race two, but once the car and tires went away they drove off, fair and square. On the bright side, there isn’t a scratch on the car – which is a nice change!”
Fuentes, who entered the weekend as the championship leader in the GT-A category, qualified for Saturday’s race in fourth position in that class and finished Saturday’s race in that same position after battling for a podium position throughout the race. In Sunday’s race, Fuentes battled to the third position in GT-A but finished in fifth position.
“It was a very complicated weekend for me and the Scuderia Corsa team,” said Fuentes. “We didn’t find the speed we needed, and this track is one of the most difficult tracks to pass someone. So I had to push the tires very hard in the second race which cost me two spots at the end of the race. Now, we will have to focus and get that first place in the championship back.”
Despite both of the drivers hoping for better results, technical director Roberto Amorosi was pleased with the performance of both drivers in Canada.
“Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a very technical, high-speed track where even a small mistake can cost the drivers much,” said Amorosi. “Martin and Duncan drove a flawless race and acquired important points for the championship. We are looking forward to the street circuit in Detroit for which Scuderia Corsa is very well prepared thanks to our driver’s great performance in Long Beach!”
During Sunday’s World Challenge race, Scuderia Corsa TUDOR United SportsCar Championship driver Townsend Bell qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in 26th position with a speed of 223.447 mph.
Scuderia Corsa’s World Challenge drivers will be competing again in two weeks’ time in a doubleheader at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, Michigan on May 29-31.
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