Wirth consistant in Cleveland This weekend was a doubleheader for the Toyota Atlantic drivers and the 10- turn, 2.106-mile temporary road course on Burke Lakefront Airport was the scene of Rounds 5 and 6 of 12 in the Toyota Atlantic...
Wirth consistant in Cleveland
This weekend was a doubleheader for the Toyota Atlantic drivers and the 10- turn, 2.106-mile temporary road course on Burke Lakefront Airport was the scene of Rounds 5 and 6 of 12 in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama.
Germany's Andreas Wirth continued his recent roll as well on Friday. The native of Heidelberg, Germany earned a fourth-place qualifying result, extending his streak of top-four starts for all five events this season. Wirth was clocked with a top lap of 1:09.014 (109.856 mph).
In Race 1 Andreas Wirth started fourth but improved to third at the checkered flag for his third consecutive podium finish. The 20-year-old engaged in a fierce on-track battle with Canadian racer Bessette late in the 32-lap race. Bessette wound up hitting the wall in Turn 8 with seven laps remaining, in the midst of the battle, and he had to park his car in pit lane after the contact.
Wirth's quote after the race: "I had a good start though the first corner was a bit tight. Some drivers thought they could overtake 3 or 4 cars at Turn 1. When Legge came next to me, I thought she was going to hit me, but fortunately she ran into her teammate. My car was great at the beginning then it went away a little bit, like in Portland so we have to fix that for the future. The battle with Bessette was great and he had bad luck when he hit the wall. After that I just drove safe and brought the third place home. I am really glad to be on the podium again and I want to thank everyone at Brooks Associates Racing for their great job."
In Qualifying 2, German rookie Wirth unfortunately had some set up problems. He owned a lap of 1:08.989 (109.896 mph) in fifth position this as he has now qualified among the top five in all six events this season.
German hot shoe Andreas Wirth started fifth for Race 2, but he took advantage of a good start to the race and improved to third place at the finish line, earning the bonus point for most improved positions in the race. After struggling in the first two events of the year, Wirth has now produced four straight podium finishes for the Brooks Associates Racing team.
Andreas after the race: "I am really happy with two top three finishes in the same weekend. We struggled this weekend with the set up, so I am happy to take the points for two third places. It is really important for the championship. The goal is to finish on the podium every race. (On the start) The first corner went great for me. I gained two positions and had a good race."
Teamowner John Brooks adds: "It was a great weekend for Andreas as he finished the doubleheader on the podium for both races. The team upped their game, did a great job, along with the engineers and everybody, and we put ourselves back in the championship hunt."
The next Toyota Atlantic Event will be held on the 8 th - 10 th of July in Toronto, Canada.