Wittmer brothers race strong in Toronto and the Glen Montreal, Quebec.-- Nick and Kuno Wittmer were both entered in their own series this week-end with Nick teaming with Glen Bocchino in Grand-Am ST class on Upper New-York legendary Watkins...
Wittmer brothers race strong in Toronto and the Glen
Montreal, Quebec.-- Nick and Kuno Wittmer were both entered in their own series this week-end with Nick teaming with Glen Bocchino in Grand-Am ST class on Upper New-York legendary Watkins Glen race track while brother Kuno joined RealTime Racing in his Certified pre-owned Acura RSX on the Toronto street facility. The older brother was in the limelight when he signed his first World Challenge pole position: in the race, he stayed ahead of the pack for the first 4 laps on a damp track before overshooting a corner and loosing some ground. He rejoined the race and finished fifth. Meanwhile, younger Nick replaced co-driver Bocchino in the i-Moto Acura TSX at the halfway mark but was already two laps down. He charged back through the field and ended seventh overall, a mere 20 seconds from the winner. Wittmer brothers proved again they were among the best touring car drivers in both series.
''We had such a good car, said Nick. We could have ended in a higher position. We must figure out a better pit strategy because this is costing us valuable time. Glen came in after 14 laps because we had no radio communication. Small details that are time consuming. When I took the car, I was two laps down: I got one back as the lucky dog but had to charge a full lap to get even with the leaders. I ended up seventh, which is not bad, but we had the car to step on the podium again."
"I can't say it would have been an easy win, added Kuno, because these are long races and everything can happen. But I was leading and I braked too late going in turn three. The track was still damp, we had rain tires and I knew the concrete patches would be very slippery. I stayed outside but my braking point was too late. In this league, this is the kind of mistake you pay for. I came back to fifth place but all the time I figured I could have been up there with Peter (Cunningham) or Pierre (Kleinubing). The good thing is we put three RealTime Racing cars in the Top 5.
"It was so exciting to get that first pole position on Saturday and to have Asset Engineering as a sponsor on-board for the weekend, was fantastic. A big thank you to Asset Engineering for their generous support this weekend". Kuno also added: " I give full credit to the team for giving me such a fine racing machine. I move up to sixth in the standings and aim to be at least in the top five by the end of the season."
Next rounds in Alabama and Mid-Ohio
The Wittmer brothers will take to the track again in two weeks. Nick will be part of a full Grand-Am weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama where each Koni Challenge category will have it's own 400k or 2.5 hour race. Nick adds: "This is one weekend where we have plenty of track time with a a test day on Thursday, practice and qualifying on Friday, warm-up and race on Saturday".
Meanwhile in Lexington, Kuno will have a similar schedule at the Mid-Ohio facility from Thursday till the Sunday morning 50-minute race. "Mid-Ohio is a track I like very much. It is home to RealTime Racing and we figure we will repeat many of the previous successes."