NICK WITTMER WINS IN CANADIAN TOURING CAR Mosport Park (Ontario), June 14, 2010.- Defending Canadian Touring Car champion, Montrealer Nick Wittmer, lead the Lombardi Honda Racing Team to a new high this past weekend at the Mosport track in ...
NICK WITTMER WINS IN CANADIAN TOURING CAR
Mosport Park (Ontario), June 14, 2010.- Defending Canadian Touring Car champion, Montrealer Nick Wittmer, lead the Lombardi Honda Racing Team to a new high this past weekend at the Mosport track in Ontario. At the wheel of his Honda Civic Si, Wittmer finished the two races in first and third place respectively. His teammates, Ontarian Alex Healy and Quebecker Benjamin Distaulo completed the two races in the Top 10, rounding out an excellent showing for the Lombardi Honda Racing Team.
Qualifying in second position at the start of Saturday's event, Nick Wittmer advanced to first just after midway through the race and never looked back, crossing the finish line with a lead of 23 seconds over his nearest competitor. " We took the gamble of starting the race with slick tires regardless of the fact that it had rained shortly beforehand. But we were proven right because the track dried as we were racing " explains Nick.
Alex Healy, 2009 Rookie of the Year, and Benjamin Distaulo, new this season to the Super Touring class, had also selected slick tires for Saturday's race but were less comfortable in the changing traction conditions. They nevertheless maintained their positions, finishing in 8th (Healy) and 9th (Distaulo).
Sunday, the second race of the weekend, saw Nick earn yet another podium finish (third place overall) while Alex Healy earned a Top 7 finish for the second time this season. As for Benjamin Distaulo, he capped the weekend off with another ninth place finish.
Team owner Tony Lombardi has no doubt that Nick Wittmer's experience was a determining factor in the weekend's success : " it's an excellent weekend for the entire team. Nick drove extremely well and his experience benefited the whole team. As for Alex and Benjamin, they are less familiar with the car and it's therefore understandable that they do not yet push the Honda Civic Si to its maximum potential when the track conditions are as challenging as they were on Saturday. I am satisfied that they were able to drive their cars to finish in the Top 10 " mentions Tony Lombardi.
Lombardi Honda Racing will contest all rounds of the 2010 Canadian Touring Car Championship, which includes two visits to Mosport to kick off the season before heading to the Grand Prix in Mirabel, Toronto, and Trois -Rivières. The season ends with a third trip to Mosport at the end of August and a second visit to Mirabel in mid-September.
-source: Lombardi Honda Racing