WITTMER BROTHERS STORM TO DAYTONA PODIUM
1st and 2nd in Koni Challenge ST class
Daytona, Florida.-- Nick and Kuno Wittmer held their promise: after their test days last week, they felt very positive about their 2008 inaugural race on the Daytona road track and thought they were podium contenders. In the i-Moto Acura TSX #32, Kuno earned pole position -- 20th on the 97 car grid -- half a second in front of driver/owner Glenn Bocchino, himself almost a second clear from other ST cars. After three hours of racing in the Fresh from Florida 200, Glenn's codriver Nick Wittmer took the chequered flag with almost a lap in front of Peter Cunningham who had slipped into the Acura #31 after Kuno. Out of 75, an i-Moto Acura lead the race for 60 laps. For the Montreal duo, this has to be the most important victory of their career.
"This is outstanding team work, smiled Nick. Glenn started the race behind Kuno, remained in the Top 5 for his stint and was in the lead when he turned the car to me. I took to the track with almost a full lap in front and simply nursed the Acura to the stripe in the last hour. I let Peter pass so he could unlap himself and that paid off because he stormed back to second place. We were just kidding last week when we said we were all podium bound, but it's a wonderful feeling to materialize it. I give all the credit to Glenn and the crew for strong cars and Cobalt Friction for that braking edge."
"It wasn't that easy for us, claimed second place Kuno. I started from pole but the throttle got stuck in the first corner. I had to work the switch to make the first curves while getting the throttle free with my foot. That put me in 15th place before I went racing. It took 15 laps before I regained first place and held it until I turned the car over to Peter. He came back in heavy traffic and carved his way again to the top in the last 80 minutes of the race. Peter is experienced, quick and patient, three qualities that pay off in the end. It's nice to start the season on a high note with another podium in Daytona, thanks to Glenn and the i-Moto team."
Bocchino: "An amazing weekend"
For driver owner Glenn Bocchino, the Daytona Koni Challenge round marks the biggest accomplishment in the i-Moto history. "The test days in Georgia with Nick, Kuno and Peter really paid off. It's true we can count on the outstanding Cobalt Friction Performance brakes but we were perfect on the track, stayed out of trouble and made the best with our Acuras. The next round of the Koni Challenge is four months away but the wait is going to be easier."