CAN: Lombardi Honda Racing Mirabel preview

Lombardi Honda Racing leads the Touring Car Championship -- NICK WITTMER'S GOAL IS VICTORY AT THE GRAND PRIX DE MIRABEL Montreal, June 29, 2010.- After earning four podiums (including one victory) at Ontario's Mosport track during the ...

Lombardi Honda Racing leads the Touring Car Championship -- NICK WITTMER'S GOAL IS VICTORY AT THE GRAND PRIX DE MIRABEL

Montreal, June 29, 2010.- After earning four podiums (including one victory) at Ontario's Mosport track during the season's first few rounds, the Lombardi Honda Racing team will participate at the first Quebec event of 2010 Canadian Touring Car Championship to be held this weekend in Mirabel. Defending champion and Lombardi Honda Racing driver Nick Wittmer currently leads the championship as his entire team looks forward to these upcoming races with confidence. After a promising start to the season, Benjamin Distaulo also anticipates an excellent result while Nigel Heron makes his team debut in the third Lombardi Honda Racing Civic Si.

The Canadian Touring Championship drivers will be the stars of the 2010 Grand Prix de Mirabel, taking place at the ICAR complex on the site of the former Mirabel International airport. For Nick Wittmer, the 2009 Super Touring champion, his knowledge of the Mirabel track gives him a definitive edge as he eyes another victory: " our car is ready for this double-header, we worked really hard to ensure that everything's perfect and problem-free. I know this track well, I'm very comfortable here at it's a course that is well-suited to our Honda Civic Si. I'm sure that everything will go well for us, we're in the lead of the championship and our goal is to keep that spot " explains Wittmer.

Familiarity is an advantage that will also come into play for Benjamin Distaulo, who performed well in the early season as a newcomer to the Lombardi Honda Racing team and on a track that he was learning (Mosport). " ICAR is one of my favourite tracks and I feel very relaxed there " declares the driver from Ville Lorraine, QC. " We tested there in April and everything was great. It will be my third double-header with the team and I am feeling more and more comfortable, I think that I am now at a point where I can prove that I can compete at the top, not far from Nick, and regularly be in the "Top 5" " he adds.

The young Ontarian Alex Healy departed the team at the mercy of his own budgetary constraints, opening the doors for the team's third car to be driven at the Grand Prix de Mirabel by Nigel Heron. The Montreal driver has excelled in the Touring class during the last few seasons and this weekend, he will be with the Lombardi Honda Racing Team for his first time. " I am lucky to have been presented with this opportunity, I can learn a lot driving for Lombardi Honda Racing " explains Nigel. " It's a dream come true to be part of the championship winning team for my start in Super Touring class and it's the first time I will drive such a powerful car. My goal is to finish in the "Top 10" and if possible, to help solidify an overall successful weekend for the team. I want to prove that I deserve the team's confidence " comments Nigel. This affiliation with Nigel Heron is solely for the GP de Mirabel. In the upcoming weeks, the Honda Lombardi Racing team plans to select from amongst their candidates as to who will finish the season as their third driver.

For team owner Tony Lombardi, the Grand Prix de Mirabel will not only be a time to welcome the team's many supporters, but it will also be an opportunity for the team to increase their lead in the championship: " I hope to see Nick and Benjamin in the "Top 5". It's a technical track that suits our Civic Si's, which are disadvantaged in power on ultra fast tracks like Mosport. In addition, Nick, Benjamin, and Nigel, who holds the Touring class lap record in Mirabel, really know this track " he explains. The two rounds of the Canadian Touring Car Championship at the Grand Prix de Mirabel will take place this Saturday (scheduled start at 2:55pm) and Sunday as of 2pm.

-source: lhr

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