(Alton, VA) 8 October 08—Guy Cosmo was in high demand this weekend as he was called to duty to race in both segments of the Bosch Engineering Twin Six-Hours at Virginia International Raceway to close out the 2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge season.
Teaming with Andrew Carbonell in the Next-Generation Motorsports BMW 330i, Cosmo brought home a tenth place finish in the ST class race on Saturday after 146 tours of the 3.27-mile natural terrain road circuit. The result was compromised, particularly on the tracks two long straights, as the race wore on and revealed that the motor was well on its way to the powerplants own final laps and wasn’t delivering full power. But the BMW still made it to the checkered flag after Cosmo and Carbonell hustled the car through the corners to make up as much as possible for the lack of straight line speed.
Sunday’s final GS race of the year witnessed Cosmo rejoin Daytona Beach-based BGB Motorsports to share a Porsche 911 with Mike Piera as the team posted a two-car entry. The race sported championship implications, as the sister No. 83 of Jon Miller, Craig Stanton, and John Tecce was looking to deliver a KONI driver championship for Stanton.
At the start of the six-hour enduro, Cosmo and Stanton ran in lock step, setting a fast pace and working to create a gap to the championship contenders.
“That was some of the most intense running I’ve done in a long time, with Craig and I chasing the leaders for nearly that entire stint,” said Cosmo. “Craig had a chance to take the championship right until the final laps and the team was obviously doing everything possible to put him in position to do that. Unfortunately that meant that our final pit stop was delayed a bit and I got back out on track pretty deep in the pack, but I was able to make up a few spots and finish in seventh.”
After a 2008 season that saw Cosmo busy with coaching, Daytona Prototype competition, and KONI Challenge events, he was happy to close out the year with a solid weekend of racing.
“It was great to be back with the BGB guys again this weekend,” said Cosmo. “It’s been a few years, and I was really impressed with how the team has raised their game since the last time I raced with them. The organization that the team showed, and the preparation of the equipment was all top-notch. It was a really great car. It was too bad the championship didn’t go Craig’s way, but it was still a good way to end off the year, running a strong car to the finish at VIR.”
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