Bergmeister Wins Sahlen's Six Hours
could have gotten the win for him. It was very tough holding off Max (Angelelli) at the end. I was just lucky to do it and happy to do it. I just hope to put up a stronger fight at the next race." "All in all, it was an eventful race for us," Fogarty said. "We had contact right on the first lap, and we had to come in and change the nose. We also had a stop-and-go penalty for what they deemed avoidable contact. It just happens. It's racing. It was kind of back and forth, but once the rain came, we had something. We were able to put it back up to the front. We were a little out of sequence on our pit strategy, but we were still able to keep the car up front. If we would fall back, we could make it back to the front under those wet conditions. As the track dried out at the end, we weren't really sure about our fuel window and going to slicks. I handed over the car to Alex and it's kind of where the chips fell. It was a good run, all in all, and we were just a little short this weekend, but I'm still pleased with second." Angelelli co-drove the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley to a third-place result alongside Wayne Taylor and Ryan Briscoe. Angelelli and Taylor¿the defending Daytona Prototype co-champions¿had won each of the last two events at Watkins Glen International, and have now finished on the podium in five of their six career Rolex Series starts at the venue. Briscoe, meanwhile, made his first Rolex Series appearance at Watkins Glen and just his second appearance ever in the Rolex Series. It was also Angelelli's fourth consecutive top-four result. Angelelli led 26 laps in the race, while Briscoe led 10. Oswaldo Negri Jr.¿who led one lap in the race¿and Mark Patterson came home fourth in the No. 60 Flight Options/Net App Lexus Riley for Michael Shank Racing to earn their best result since finishing second in January's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger completed the top five in the No. 4 The Boss Snowplow Pontiac Crawford for Howard-Boss Motorsports. It was the duo's fourth top-six result in eight races. LIDDELL AND HENZLER SCORE CONVINCING GT CLASS VICTORY AT WATKINS GLEN No. 72 NEC Porsche GT3 co-drivers Robin Liddell and Wolf Henzler scored their second GT class victories of the season¿and perhaps more importantly closed the gap in the championship chase¿with a convincing victory in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen for Tafel Racing. Liddell started the No. 72 car from the outside of the class front row, but quickly took the lead, passing polesitter¿and points co-leader¿Marc Bunting in the No. 65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R in the first turn on the first lap. The Scot built a healthy lead throughout his opening stint, handing off to Henzler during a green flag run on Lap 61. "I must say the slick tires performed very well," said Liddell. "In the end, in the damp, you could stay on slicks. We drove the whole race on slicks. We did consider going to wets a couple of times, but the way the weather was moving in, it was clear that it was raining here but it was dry on the back. Then when it was raining on the back, it was clear on the pit straight and the esses. We came into this race and we made a deliberate effort to set the car up in such a way that it would handle a better situation for the wet conditions. In the end, this played very well. It was a good strategy all around." During the change, the No. 36 Ajilon Consulting Porsche GT3 of Randy Pobst inherited the lead. Just three laps later the full-course caution came out, forcing the class field a lap down to Pobst. However, a later caution period brought the GT field back within striking distance of the No. 36 Porsche, and Henzler passed the machine shortly after the restart. Neither he nor Liddell would relinquish the lead, and the duo eventually won by a one lap margin on the rest of the field. The win brings the duo within 10 points, 342-332, of co-leaders Bunting and Andy Lally, who finished fourth in the
six-hour event. "For sure it was a very hard race, especially under these conditions," said Henzler. "It's very hard to drive. The team did a very good job. We had a pretty good set up. Our pit stops were very good on time and she was perfect today. This was the key to win the race. We were ahead of the other guys and I think it was because of the strategy." Pobst and co-driver Ian Baas wound up second in the No. 36 machine for the duo's best finish since their GT class victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. It was the tandem's third podium finish of the season in only four races, having also finished third in class in Round 4 at Virginia International Raceway. "I'm just thrilled with the job TPC racing does with this car," said Pobst. "The inclement weather was good for us. We had a great car in the wet conditions, and strategy was an important part. The race was entertaining; it was fascinating, it was right up my alley. Strategy is so important in Rolex GT, because we're not the overall class. That makes it really satisfying. It feels like a win." "I'm really happy to bring the TPC Porsche in second place," said Baas. "It was a difficult race, and the team hit all the marks. Second place really feels like a win for this car, because it's got a lot of time on it and it's still running strong. The conditions were changing constantly and you really had to get a good read on the track." Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins finished third in the No. 64 TRG/iRise Pontiac GTO.R, their seventh-straight top-four class finishes, and extends TRG's streak of GT podium finishes to 14 races, dating back to the CompUSA 200 at The Glen last August. Edwards and teammate Lally were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the running order on the final lap when third-place-running David Murry hit a puddle that allowed both Edwards and Lally to pass. Murry and his No. 80 Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche GT3 co-driver Leh Keen wound up fifth.