WITTMER BROTHERS PUT ON A DRIVING CLINIC AT GP3R Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res.-- Nick and Kuno Wittmer claimed their most important career victory this weekend when they won outright the Sport Touring class round in the Grand Am Koni...
WITTMER BROTHERS PUT ON A DRIVING CLINIC AT GP3R
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.-- Nick and Kuno Wittmer claimed their most important career victory this weekend when they won outright the Sport Touring class round in the Grand Am Koni Challenge in the 38th running of the classic Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in the # 31 I-Moto Acura TSX. In the qualifying session in the morning, younger brother Nick set the standard with a blistering pace, earning pole position by a 0,78 second margin. He started the race and led all 66 laps he drove before turning the car over to Kuno who kept the pace, took the lead back within a few laps and nursed the I-Moto Acura to the checker flag, a the first win for I-Moto team. After a third in Daytona, a second in Iowa, this was the first outright win for the Wittmer boys in Grand Am Koni Challenge.
"I just completed my hat trick! said a smiling Nick. I won in Trois-Rivières in 2004 and 2005 in the Honda Challenge, but this win in the Koni Challenge with my brother is much better. The TSX was perfect and we owe a lot to the Cobalt Friction brakes. Kuno and I knew they could last the whole race and give us the chance to stay ahead. From lap 8, I knew I could keep a difference of a few seconds on the field while saving fuel and brakes. When Kuno took the car, the pit stop was perfect and he rejoined the race in second place. It became obvious we could win if nothing wrong happened."
"Nick did all the job, added Kuno. He ran like a clock for 66 laps and I had the same power and plenty of brakes to take it to the stripe. At one point, I had 30 seconds over second place. I took it easy in the last 20 laps. I think that if we had raced 100% al the race, we would have lapped the whole field. There were only three cars on the lead lap at the end. We have to thank Glen and the team for providing us such a strong car: the best way to reward them was to give them their first victory trophy. I just hope we can run the VIR 6-Hour race in October together."
Kuno, another podium in Quebec Touring
The weekend was not over for Kuno, since he was starting in third place with a Lombardi Honda Racing Civic in the Sunday morning Quebec Touring race. His driving was absolutely stellar for the 20-lap event and he managed to step on the podium in third place with a vehicle that was underpowered and had production brakes. "I remembered the days in the Honda Challenge when we couldn't make a single mistake. I ran perfect lines, saved my brakes and was able to pass for third on the last lap. I think the crew at Lombardi did an outstanding job and deserve much of the credit for the reliability of the Civic."