Pole winner Jonathan Summerton lead his Newman Wachs Racing teammate across the start/finish line to take the victory at the Mosport International Raceway. John Edwards was 1.122 seconds adrift of Summerton to place second and with points leader...
Pole winner Jonathan Summerton lead his Newman Wachs Racing teammate across the start/finish line to take the victory at the Mosport International Raceway. John Edwards was 1.122 seconds adrift of Summerton to place second and with points leader Simona De Silvestro crashing out in today's Atlantic Championship race, the gap for the title fight is closer with two races remaining.
"I couldn't ask for anything better. I'm really happy to be up front and winning this race," smiled Summerton. "Simona (De Silvestro) had a bit of bad luck and I think it really helped us in the championship this weekend. John (Edwards) and I finished 1-2, and you couldn't ask for much better. Hopefully, this will continue through the next two races. I know we can do it."
Summerton earned his third win of the season; his fifth in his Atlantic career. When the lights went out for the standing start, Summerton stayed in front and never looked back, "I'm just really excited," Summerton said. "Everything that we did today went down really good. I'd just like to thank the team and everybody for all they've done, Cosworth for the engines and Mazda and Cooper, and (team owner) Eddie Wachs for giving me this opportunity."
Edwards was very pleased to move up from his fourth spot on the grid to end up second. He now sits eight points adrift of De Silvestro in the championship standings.
"Today was a great race," Edwards said. "Unfortunately, I didn't qualify well. I was hoping that we could lock out the front row with Newman Wachs, but Jonathan got pole and I didn't have a great qualifying, so I knew I had to make up for it in the race. In the first few laps, we were running all together and I had a bit of an advantage coming out of (Turn) 5 compared to Simona and Frederic (Vervisch) but Simona was getting Frederic's draft, so I wasn't able to close up on her much. Finally, she made a mistake and I was able to get by her and then just caught Frederic and passed him."
Vervisch inherited second but lost it quickly to Edwards who saw the open door. While the Genoa Racing driver was a bit disappointed, the podium finish was his fourth in his rookie season and garner him more points as he continues to lead the Rookie of the Year standings.
"We were very strong since the beginning of this weekend," Vervisch said. "I thought that we had a good chance on at least a podium, but I was already thinking about winning. Basically, understeer was the big problem and it stayed in qualifying and also in the race. P3 is a good result after those difficult races we had. I have to thank the team for the good car now. We just have to try to make the best of the last two races, because I think we can still do some good efforts. We showed that we still can be fast, so we will work on being faster."
While the pints leader is disappointed at her outcome today, the good news is De Silvestro was not injured when she lost control of her Team Stargate Worlds Swift. The second trun at Mosport has been known to bite and it did just that with just six laps left in the race.