SCC: Birmingham/Trois-Rivieres: Jamie Holtom race notes

Luck Runs Out at Barber and Trois-Rivieres for Holtom and Curran A broken rear axle at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama and a crash in Trois-Rivieres relegated consistent front-runners Jamie Holtom and co-driver Eric...

Luck Runs Out at Barber and Trois-Rivieres for Holtom and Curran

A broken rear axle at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama and a crash in Trois-Rivieres relegated consistent front-runners Jamie Holtom and co-driver Eric Curran to 28th and 18th place finishes respectively in Rounds 7 and 8 of the Grand-Am Cup Street Tuner Championship.

The pair is now tied for second in the Drivers Championship with Hugh and Matt Plumb, trailing points leaders Will Turner and Don Salama by 4 markers.

"Barber was the first time in our two year history that this car has had any sort of rear-end problems", said Jamie, "It's very uncharacteristic for our Cobalt SS Supercharged to have any problems at all."

Jamie qualified the car fourth in ST and had claimed the lead of the race by a brilliant restart when the rear axle broke.

"I heard a loud banging from the tire banging the inside of the wheel well. I radioed-in to report the problem to the crew and less then a lap later the tire was flat. We changed tires and sent Eric out and three laps later he came in with the left-rear tire down", added Jamie.

The event marked an end to the duo's impressive 6 race string of top-5 finishes and an end to the win streak which started at Lime Rock Park and carried to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race at Trois-Rivieres one week later would prove no better.

"Between rounds the crew worked very hard and quickly and had our ClearSCADA car in great shape for Trois. We were competitive straight off the trailer, so it's unfortunate that we could not deliver on our potential.

Jamie started the car from fifth on the grid after completing three laps in qualifying however an incident in turn three would later take Holtom and Curran out of contention.

"The start was wild", said Jamie, "going into turn three, the Duplesis Arch, I got punted from behind and end up in the tires. The car still ran, so I continued and made my way back up to 6th before handing the car off to Eric"

During Eric's stint, on his way through the field, the car stopped dead due to a heavy jarring taken by the electrics during the lap one incident.

"Obviously we aren't happy", commented Holtom, "two weekends in a row we've had cars capable of winning and neither time we've been able to capitalize. We've taken a big hit in the points chase, but with two races left anything can happen. Our Georgian Bay Motorsports Cobalt SS cars should be strong at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah and the Six Hour at VIR will be a good race for us as well."

Jamie started the ClearSCADA Cobalt SS fourth on the grid after only 3 laps completed in qualifying.

-credit: jka

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