Jamie Holtom earns strong fourth at Shannonville Ottawa driver Jamie Holtom scores top five in Honda Michelin Series SHANNONVILLE, ONTARIO -- Ottawa based Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda Michelin Series driver Jamie Holtom scored his best...
Jamie Holtom earns strong fourth at Shannonville
Ottawa driver Jamie Holtom scores top five in Honda Michelin Series
SHANNONVILLE, ONTARIO -- Ottawa based Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda Michelin Series driver Jamie Holtom scored his best result of the season this past weekend at Shannonville Motorsports Park, site of Rounds 5 and 6 of the ten race Honda Michelin Series.
"This was a good weekend for the Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda," Holtom said. "On one hand, I am happy with the Sunday result -- fourth -- but I also had one little 'off' early on in the race, which cost me a shot at the podium. This really made a difference because at the time I was right behind my Jonak Brothers Racing teammate Travis -- and he went on to win."
On Saturday for Round 4, Holtom qualified 13th and went on to finish 11th. On Sunday, a very determined Holtom qualified 11th for Round 5. "This was a better effort today," Holtom said of his qualifying run. "This series is so competitive, that a good lap just isn't good enough to get near the top of the grid -- you need a near perfect lap to be in the top five."
The rain started just before the scheduled start of Round 5, and the officials called the race a 'wet' race, but Holtom opted to remain on the Michelin Pilot dry weather tires. "It was a team decision to stay on dry tires. But still I was a little nervous as I had never raced a car in the rain before," Holtom said.
Holtom made a good start and immediately started moving up the order. By lap three he was up to seventh, but on the back section of the track, he was helped off the track by another competitor. "I don't think it was intentional, I think he didn't know I was there." The off roading sent Holtom back to 13th, and then he put on a serious charge back through the field.
Going into the last lap, Holtom was fourth, and passed Didier Schraenen for third, and was up to Ryan Kelly's door, just missing out on second, as they crossed the finish line. "It was a very exciting race for the Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda," Holtom said. Unfortunately it was determined that the checkered flag was shown one lap late, so Holtom was moved back to fourth.
"It is a little frustrating to be moved back a position after the race," Holtom said. "But on the other hand, a fourth is a good result for my third Honda Michelin race -- and for the team a first and fourth is great. Congratulations to Travis on the win. Hopefully at Trois Rivieres we both will be on the podium."