Lexington, OH (August 7, 2012)
- After a hard fought day that featured everything from on-track mishaps to issues in the pits, Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing would survive to take their third-straight finish in the top-five during Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
Campaigning in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón
, drivers Henri Richard and Duncan Ende took to their no. 25 STANDD / Monster Digital / Racer’s Roast.com / Merchant Services / Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet with high expectations following strong results in the last two rounds.
Starting on the outside of the third row, the traditionally chaotic start of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course didn’t disappoint. With a number of aggressive GT cars behind Richard, a first lap altercation with the no. 01 Ferrari would immediately put the no. 25 spinning in to the grass with substantial rear damage to the car.
With Henri recovering immediately from the situation, but unfortunately at the back of the field, he made his way through to hand the car over to Duncan Ende in fourth place with a little over one hour remaining.
Unfortunately for Duncan, a starter battery failure while on pit lane put the team another two laps down and from there, Ende’s job was simply to run consistent and clean laps while the rest of the field shook itself out. Driving without major error, Ende stuck to the game plan.
As attrition played out, the no. 25 crew would find themselves in a familiar fifth place, which they’d maintain until the drop of the checkered flag.
For Henri Richard, residing in Los Altos, California, the feelings on the day are mixed.
“I’m incredibly frustrated with the race start, but that’s just the challenge in multi-class racing” stated the Frenchman. “Our day was unfortunately pretty difficult before the first lap was ever completed, but the crew did a great job of keeping us in contention. I was very impressed with the team’s performance, and Duncan did a great job of keeping calm to drive a solid race. We would have hoped for better than fifth, but hopefully Road America will be a better day.”