NA-F2000: Steve Welk Motorsports Road Atlanta race report

Steve Welk has Steady Weekend at Drift Atlanta Braselton, GA. - Event number two of the Cooper Tires Zetec Championship series was held last weekend at Road Atlanta. The race was run in conjunction with the Inaugural Drift Atlanta Formula...

Steve Welk has Steady Weekend at Drift Atlanta

Braselton, GA. - Event number two of the Cooper Tires Zetec Championship series was held last weekend at Road Atlanta. The race was run in conjunction with the Inaugural Drift Atlanta Formula Drift weekend. Aiken Racing's Steve Welk continued his run of steady performances in the Zetec Championship by bringing home a pair of top 10's.

The weekend did not start of well for the Wisconsin native, as half way through Thursday's test day the team discovered his Sports Car Revolution Van Diemen was leaking oil. The team worked diligently throughout the day and was confident they had solved the problem before qualifying. Welk would put the car ninth on the grid in the qualifying session; however the oil leak had materialized again. Late that evening a rear main seal was found to be the cause, and a new engine was placed in the back of Welk's number 57 before race one.

In race one, the balance on the second year driver's Van Diemen had gone away due to changes in track conditions. Despite the car, Welk was running in the eighth position when a he lost third gear on the final lap and was forced to coast to the finish line finishing ninth in the process. In race two the Aiken Racing team had improved the balance of the car, but could never quite get back up to the leaders pace. Welk drove a consistent race to bring the car home in tenth position.

"This was a very tough weekend for me. In the morning test session on Thursday we were in sixth spot on the time sheets. After we discovered the oil leak and lost the second half of Thursday we were at a handicap the rest of the event. It turned out the oil leak was just a main seal that kept leaking even after we had changed it once. It's hard to recover when you lose test time in this series especially with how competitive all the cars are. But I really can't thank my Aiken Racing team enough; they worked so hard on this car to get the problems we had fixed. So I'm going to chalk this weekend up to a learning experience and move on to next weekend in Laguna Seca, a track that I am really looking forward to."

For more information about Steve Welk Motorsports visit his official website @ www.SteveWelk.com

-swm-

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