Chris Holman Storms from 12th to 2nd on wet Mosport track Reverses bad luck from VIRginia race. MOSPORT ON What a difference a weekend makes in racing from the bottom in VIRginia to 2nd at Mosport. All weekend Chris...
Chris Holman Storms from 12th to 2nd on wet Mosport track
Reverses bad luck from VIRginia race.
MOSPORT ON What a difference a weekend makes in racing from the bottom in VIRginia to 2nd at Mosport. All weekend Chris gave notice that Mosport suited him perfectly, especially in treacherous conditions. Despite the success, the weekend was far from uneventful with an equal mix of mechanical problems and near misses on-track.
The 30 minute Saturday practice was held in the rain, but Chris was nowhere to be seen for 25 minutes, due to repeated transmission problems. "I couldn't engage 4th gear" said Chris, "after I pitted, we were sure it was fixed so I went out and the same problem happened again." I came in and switched cars at the last minute which caused some excitement in the technical tent. I must congratulate the Arciero-Miller team for getting me out on the track at all given the technical issues we encountered."
With 2 laps in the rain on cold tires Chris popped from 29th to third on the time sheets. The track announcer commented "where did Chris Holman come from?" when he recited the times for the final 5 minutes of practice.
Readying for qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Chris was confident that the #31 Kyosho car was good to go, and the next question was what the weather would be like. The mechanics kept the rain tires on but the qualifying session was in full dry conditions, making the cars a handful as the Michelin rains heated up and started to cook their soft treads.
Chris hovered around 25th during the session until about lap 10 when some clear track signaled it was time to lay one down. He got in a good one, 4th best, which held up for the remainder of the session. "I congratulate all the drivers for doing 30 minutes of green flag qualifying" noted Chris. "The cars were a handful on the rains and I had a huge moment with 9 minutes to go, which almost resulted in a crash. I was lucky to get off in one piece and keep 4th in time."
As if to ensure a continuation of the roller coaster from VIR, the penalties from the first race were meted out at the post-qualifying drivers meeting. Chris received an 8 position penalty, pushing him back to 12th. "I was cited for passing under caution," explained Chris. "I think it is a good wake up call and I am confident it won't happen again. I know the SCCA folks are doing this for our own good, and making us more aware of what is happening on the track."
The race started under cold, threatening skies and a spin at corner 1 caused a chain reaction that took out 2 cars outright and forced at least one other to retire in the next lap. Chris was well positioned and was able to gain 4 positions to 8th. A long caution to clean up debris and cars had the restart green flag at minute 16 of the 30 minute race. By this time the rain was touching down around the track and making things very treacherous. Through careful choice of racing line and some luck, Chris found himself in second with three to go. Avoiding a multi-car spin in turn 8 was the highlight of the race. "I have never seen anything like it," noted Chris, "one second the track ahead was blocked, the next the seas parted and I drove through without a scratch."
Once in second, Chris started to reel in the leader and eventual winner, David Jurca. "I knew I was catching him about 3/10 per lap," explained Chris. "With the difficult conditions the risk of pushing harder to overtake was outweighed by the obvious benefits of a second place finish." "David drove an error free last few laps and was a worthy winner."
After crossing the stripe in 2nd, Chris met a crush of well wishers and journalists as he pulled his car up to the VW sponsors lounge. "A podium at my home race, especially in these conditions, is a dream come true," enthused Chris. " I thank all of my supporters and the fine members of the media who get my name out to the motorsports world." Chris Holman fast facts;
Chris is a 20 year old aspiring pro racer with a growing and varied resume of experience in the race car ranks in addition to a solid seven year karting career. The winner of a Sunoco Ron Fellows race scholarship in 2006, Chris was a member of Team Ultra 94 in 2007, notching 2 wins, 5 top-2 finishes, 4 poles and 3 fast laps in the Bridgestone F2000 series.