Laguna Seca: Andreas Wirth race report

Frustration at Laguna Seca for Andreas Wirth Monterey, California -- May 20, 2008 -- Frustration at Laguna Seca for Andreas Wirth. Anticipating a weekend filled with fun, sun and excitement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with its infamous ...

Frustration at Laguna Seca for Andreas Wirth

Monterey, California -- May 20, 2008 -- Frustration at Laguna Seca for Andreas Wirth. Anticipating a weekend filled with fun, sun and excitement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with its infamous corkscrew, Wirth was poised for a strong comeback at the track where he secured the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship.

Unfortunately, history was not due to repeat itself this time, and one frustration led to another as the weekend wore on and his #88 WIRSOL/SUEBA USA Brooks Associates Racing entry provided inconsistent results. "Our first practice was really slippery -- there hadn't been any real action on the track by the time we got out there, so it was a bit of challenge" explained Wirth. "That and the car wasn't set up quite right yet and we ended up in P17 in practice. Our first qualifying went a lot better -- we made some changes and the car was running really well -- we could have been a bit better but I was happy with a provisional result of P5."

After a productive run on Friday, Wirth looked forward to day two with optimism. Sadly, Saturday proved to be just as inconsistent with Wirth running 10th in practice and his final qualifying effort leaving him back in the pack at 13th. Frustrated with the car's performance Andreas explained, "What can I tell you, the car was great on used tyres -- I think we were up to 3rd at one point. As soon as we put the stickers on, it was practically un-drivable! I was going off four or five times and came really close to hitting the tire wall. 13th is not where I wanted to be -- but the car's not letting me prove what I can do. It's nobody's fault, but it's really frustrating to have troubles like this." Commenting on his place on the grid Wirth said, "13th on the grid will be a tough start. Row 7 -- that's where a lot of crazy stuff can happen. There are some good opportunities to pass here at Laguna, but it won't be easy -- especially with the trouble we seem to be having on the stickers. We'll just have to do the best we can and get some points -- that's what's important now."

Knowing he'd have a fight on his hands come race day, Wirth took to the field determined to climb his way up. Commenting on the day's events Wirth said, "I struggled with the car at the beginning -- it didn't feel right. At the end though -- that's when the car really started coming in. An extra 10 laps and we'd have had a P5 car for sure! It's too bad one of our competitors was taking us off a bit -- I was up to P7, but after getting pushed off and having to go down two gears with dirty tyres, I lost a good run. Fortunately for us, a few of the other guys had some bad luck, so we're okay this weekend just getting some points and finishing in 8th. We still need to work on the car -- but we'll get there. I have to thank my guys for their hard work -- it was a tough one, but every weekend we learn more. I'm really looking forward to Mont Tremblant -- it's an awesome track and I can't wait to run there."

Currently tied for 7th in standings Wirth will be looking to make a strong showing at Mont Tremblant and get in the mix to fight for the 2008 Championship Title.

Round 3 of Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda takes place on June 29th as the series heads north of the border to beautiful Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

-credit: Andreas Wirth Racing

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Series Atlantic
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