TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, AUG. 5 — Thetford / Norcold Dyson Racing`s James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger led home teammates Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Dorsey Schroeder to claim their second consecutive victory at the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix.
It was a dominant performance for the Dyson team which underscored their form in practice and qualifying, where they were comfortably fastest all weekend. Throughout the 92 lap race around the 1.501 temporary street circuit, the team relinquished the lead only once, for six laps during routine pit stops. Dorsey Schroeder, who had qualfied on pole in the #20 Dyson machine Saturday, led the first thirty laps of the race before being passed by team leader Weaver. Weaver handed duties off to Leitzinger on Lap 51, and the Pennsylvanian took the car to the flag. Elliott Forbes-Robinson followed Leitzinger home in second, completing the team`s sweep.
In taking their third victory in eight Rolex Grand-Am Series rounds, Weaver and Leitzinger extended their lead at the head of the drivers championship. With two rounds remaining, at Watkins Glen (August 10) and Daytona (September 17), the Anglo-American duo enjoy a healthy points lead over their nearest rival, Didier Theys.
“It feels great to win again,” Weaver said after the race. “Breaking down gets very annoying and it is good for our championship. The car was brilliant today and the Goodyear tires worked perfectly.” The Canadian win served as tonic for the #16 pairing`s early-race departure (due to engine failure) at the most recent Rolex round at Road America on July 8.
Thetford / Norcold Dyson Racing will spend Monday and Tuesday in Trois-Rivieres preparing its two Riley and Scott mk3 Fords for this Friday`s Bully Hill Vinyards 250-miler at historic Watkins Glen.