Nick Wittmer and Ste-Rose Honda took home a pole and a second-place finish from the 2016 SCCA World Challenge’s first week-end of action, at the Circuit of the Americas, in Texas.
Despite not taking part in the official test day, Wittmer put his Honda Accord V6 Coupe on pole, early in the week-end. “The car was performing really well,” reported the former CTCC champion in a press release. “So well that I got pole in only my second lap.”
On lap 7 of the first race, however, Wittmer retired with an engine failure. Refusing to give up, the team went to look around for an engine, and found one in the paddock: “My brother Karl got hold of a guy who had retired with a clutch failure. We asked if we could buy his engine and he said yes.”
After a long night of engine swapping, Honda Ste-Rose was ready for race 2. This time, Wittmer managed to cross the finish line, bringing home a promising second place despite transmission issues. “It’s great to get a pole and a podium out of a long trip like this. It’s points in the bank,” smiled Wittmer.
The action resumes on May 21st at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario. Karl Wittmer will also be in action that week-end, driving for Lombardi Honda Racing as the Canadian Touring Car Championship’s (CTCC) kicks off the new season.