NICK WITTMER STILL LEADING THE CHAMPIONSHIP Trois-RiviÃ¨res (Quebec), August 16, 2010.- The Lombardi Honda Racing team, defending Canadian Touring Car champions, competed in this past weekend's popular Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res with...
NICK WITTMER STILL LEADING THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Trois-Rivières (Quebec), August 16, 2010.- The Lombardi Honda Racing team, defending Canadian Touring Car champions, competed in this past weekend's popular Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières with no less than three Honda Civic Si's. Despite problems adapting their cars to this urban track, the team comes away from the weekend with a fifth place for Benjamin Distaulo and two "Top 6" finishes for Nigel Heron, while Nick Wittmer maintains his hold at the top of the championship standings.
After winning four of the eight races since the start of the 2010 season, the Lombardi Honda Racing team knew that their job would be tougher during this, the forty-first running of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Despite everything, the Montreal-based team still had the satisfaction of seeing three drivers qualify amongst the top ten. Saturday's race saw two of the Lombardi Honda Racing Civic Si's finish in fifth (Distaulo) and sixth (Heron) positions while Nick Wittmer crossed the finish line in eleventh place after battling with the leaders for more than half of the event.
The following day, Benjamin Distaulo was in line to earn his first podium and maybe even fight for the victory when he was the victim of contact that eliminated him from amongst the leaders. After being forced to enter the pits for repairs (losing six laps) he finished the race in 34th spot. Nigel Heron once again shined, staying close to the leaders throughout the entire race and crossing the finish line in sixth place. As for Nick Wittmer, his problems relegated him to thirty-first spot, one lap behind the leader. " It's so competitive in this series that the slightest incident or problem adapting the cars to a specific track can result in a quick drop in positions. In Trois-Rivières, we had to limit our losses, which we managed to do in respect to the hunt for the 2010 title " commented Wittmer.
Entered by Lombardi Honda Racing at the wheel of their third Civic Si for the last time this season, Nigel Heron experienced a very positive weekend, as he explains : " my teammates Nick and Benjamin were unlucky, it was a pretty good weekend for me. My goal was to earn a "Top 5" but I'm happy finishing both races in sixth spot. The car ran really well and this will be my fondest memory of Trois-Rivières. In the past, I hadn't necessarily earned the results that I really hoped for but this time, battling alongside drivers that are gunning for the championship is really satisfying ". Trois-Rivières was the final race Nigel Heron would drive for the Lombardi Honda Racing team during the 2010 season but he will remain on the team as a computer consultant during race weekends.
On his end, team owner Tony Lombardi retains several positive points from the weekend at Trois-Rivières : " in a perfect world, we'd love to win all the races. But if we analyze our weekend, we see that Benjamin Distaulo raced two fantastic events. He was headed for the podium on Saturday before settling for fifth. Sunday, he was in second place before being sent into the wall. And Nigel Heron leaving Trois-Rivières with two "Top 6" finishes for the team shows that he fully deserved the confidence we accorded him this summer. As for Nick, he didn't have an easy Grand Prix but his main championship rivals suffered from all sorts of problems as well. He remains in the lead of the championship by over one hundred points so he preserved what is most important ".
The next round of the Canadian Touring Car Championship is set for two weeks from now in Mosport. Lombardi Honda Racing has had multiple successes throughout the years, including their most recent victory here earlier this year when Nick Wittmer won one of the two June races.
Lombardi Honda Racing will contest all rounds of the 2010 Canadian Touring Car Championship, which included two visits to Mosport to kick off the season before the Grand Prix in Mirabel, Toronto, and Trois-Rivières. The season ends with a third trip to Mosport at the end of the month and a second visit to Mirabel in mid-September.
-source: Lombardi Honda Racing