|TORC 2014: Douglas Motorsports adds another podium at Bark River race|
After a winning the previous round of PRO-4x4 competition, Douglas Motorsports sport backed up the performance with a solid podium finish at the "Throwdown in the U.P." in Bark River, Michigan (USA). The string of race weekend podium finishes is now at six, which dates back to Red Bud MX in July 2013.
Originally Rounds 5 and 6 of the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL were scheduled in May at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis, but the wetter than normal spring made it impossible for the track crew to build a layout in time for the event. Fortunately the Bark River Lion Club stepped in and added the TORC PRO race program to the already scheduled June TORC/MORR Sportsman event.
After a late Friday evening practice session, the crew made a few adjustments as qualifying was scheduled for early Saturday morning. Douglas' fastest lap averaged 64.451 mph which put the AMSOIL / Borla Exhaust / Walker Evans Racing / Toyo Tires Ford Raptor on the second row of the starting grid.
Saturday's Round 5 had Douglas battling with Adrian Cenni and Mike Jenkins for the final spot on the podium. A punctured tire just after the mandatory caution slowed the pace of white and black Ford Raptor which gave way to a fifth place finish.
Sunday's Round 6 saw AMSOIL PRO-4x4 quickly occupy the third position during the opening lap of the ten lap race. While trying to run down the second place truck, Douglas had to keep Cenni and Greaves off his bumper. The J&H built transmission put all the Goodwin Performance horsepower to the Toyo tires as the Scott Douglas crossed the finish line in third place.
"The competition in this class is just incredible," remarked Scott Douglas. "We are constantly at the limits working to get around the guy in front of you, meanwhile there's always someone on your rear bumper trying to get around you. Racing in PRO-4 is just intense. Then you have a battle with the track as well. Bark River is unlike anywhere else in short-course. Not only do you have the natural terrain and the big elevation changes, but the dirt changes its characteristics depending where you are on track. Today we had tacky sections, then the slippery blue groove developed in a few places, and out by the cemetery turn there was a very silty desert like section. If you can run well here you can run well anywhere."
The next race is less two weeks away as the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL heads to the "Big House" in Crandon, Wisconsin for its first of two visits to the iconic race facility.
2014/06/24 | 13:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/REUSCHE