Jonathan Summerton goes to Utah with Atlantics Thanks to an invite from Genoa Racing Team and Tom Knapp Jonathan Summerton, the current Indy Lights Points Leader, was in action again; this time with the Atlantic Championship and Genoa at this ...
Jonathan Summerton goes to Utah with Atlantics
Thanks to an invite from Genoa Racing Team and Tom Knapp Jonathan Summerton, the current Indy Lights Points Leader, was in action again; this time with the Atlantic Championship and Genoa at this weekends ALMS Miller Motrosport event in Tooele, Utah.
The preparation for the weekend race started on Thursday with a test day helping Jonathan to regain the feel and attributes of the Atlantic Car. Jonathan was soon up to speed and by Friday practice he was 2nd fastest. They started testing alternative set ups as they haven't practiced or tested like many of the other drivers. Commenting on the testing Jonathan said, "The team have tried many different set ups this weekend; some have worked, some didn't, but I know we can do well if we find a good set up". On Saturday, still trying different set ups, left Jonathan down the field but not worried.
When qualifying came he was soon P1 which he jockeyed with Simone for the session. In the final moments Niemela spun causing a yellow. Jonathan slowed, as his understanding was you couldn't improve under a yellow. Simone continued at speed and pipped Jonathan by 4/100 of a second. Still leaving him on the front row of the grid.
On Sunday's race both Jonathan and his team mate had a slow start due to putting in a longer first gear which didn't help but Jonathan managed to hold on to his 2nd position after going into turn one three cars wide. Then, entering turn 3, due to another change in the car, he had a sudden unexpected understeer which put him in the gravel trap. He kept going but had to rejoin the race from the back of the pack. Jonathan worked his way back up to 8th quite easily, but then struggling to gain due to the understeer issue. In the final lap he was able to gain 2 places to finish 6th as Neimela and Garcia made contact which put them out of the race. After the race Jonathan said he was disappointed that they had made the changes to the car which didn't work. I entered turn 3 like I had been all weekend and the car just went from under me. There was nothing I could do. After that I had to adjust my driving to try and compensate for the problem. Still to be finishing 6th with a problem car is OK. Jonathan is now 4th in the points and heading to his Indy Lights race at Indianapolis prior to his next Atlantic race in New Jersey.