Leading international Porsche driver Damien Faulkner, from Donegal, is in New York State this week for his 5th race in North America’s leading new series - the IMSA United SportsCar Championship. Faulkner’s the main driver for GB (Global Barista) Autosport and says the team arrived this week to start preparing for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
The race takes place at Watkins Glen International on Sunday 29th June, and starts at 4.10pm Irish time. Viewers at home can catch live coverage on Motors Sports TV UK (Sky 447) and the race will also be streamed live on imsa.com. Look out for GB Autosport in car No. 81, the Tully’s Coffee Porsche 911 GT America competing in the GT Daytona class.
Faulkner says the Sahlen’s Six Hours is "one of the toughest events of the season. Temperatures are normally hot and humid and the 3.4 miles long track at Watkins Glen International is very physically demanding. But it’s also one of the best circuits in North America, if not the world. Two years ago I did this event but we didn't make it to the finish when a team mate crashed"
“To date, GB Autosport’s results haven’t matched the hard work we’ve put in or the combined skill and experience of the team. However, I feel that a good result is just around the corner. We have tried as a team to set realistic objectives and but for some misfortune we would have exceeded those. We aren't changing our approach, and our aims remain achievable. Nothing would give me more satisfaction than to give this Tully's Coffee team a well-deserved top result"
Faulkner will share the driving with Mike Avenatti from Sacramento, who founded the GB Autosport team late last year, and newcomer to the USC championship, Ben Barker from England.
Faulkner knows what it takes to win in a Porsche with countless laps in his 20-year racing career, including back-to-back championships in the Porsche Carrera GB Cup in 2005 and 2006. He has a strong record of success on temporary street courses – picking up a win in Long Beach and a third place result in Baltimore while competing in the ALMS in 2012.