MONT-TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, SEP. 15 — Thetford / Norcold Dyson Racing teammates Andy Wallace, Chris Dyson and James Weaver finished seventh overall and second in SportsRacing Prototype in Sunday`s Six Hours of Mont-Tremblant.
Wallace, who started the team`s #16 Crawford-Judd on the outside of the front row, ran a consistent second throughout his sixty-three lap double stint before handing off to Chris Dyson. The 24 year-old rookie chased down leader Fredy Lienhard, Sr. in the Dallara-Judd and overtook the Swiss for the top spot on lap 83. Dyson had stretched the lead to more than a lap when, entering the fast downhill turn two, the car snapped sideways, sending him into the wall. Dyson was unhurt in the incident but the car suffered a damaged rear wing.
“It was a strange sensation,” Dyson said. “I was cruising along, I knew we had a big lead so I was concentrating on making no mistakes. Then I turned into turn two on my normal line and the car spun like a top. We have looked at the data after the race and thankfully we have ruled out wing failure or any component breakage. We think it might have been some debris or possibly some oil. It is a shame because I honestly believe we were capable of a better result today.”
The Max Crawford-led crew worked hard to return the car to action, and Chris Dyson resumed the controls fifteen laps later with some ground to make up.
Gradually, Dyson and then James Weaver began to chisel through the field and they moved up into seventh overall at the flag.
The Dyson Racing team will take their MG-Lola westward to Laguna Seca next weekend, where Weaver will be joined by Butch Leitzinger in the American Le Mans Series race.