WITTMER BROTHERS TAKE THREE MORE PODIUMS HOME TO LOMBARDI HONDA RACING IN TORONTO Honda Indy Grand Prix, Toronto, July 12th, 2009 -- With racing action returning to the streets of Toronto with the Indy Grand Prix Honda, brothers Nick and Kuno...
WITTMER BROTHERS TAKE THREE MORE PODIUMS HOME TO LOMBARDI HONDA RACING IN TORONTO
Honda Indy Grand Prix, Toronto, July 12th, 2009 -- With racing action returning to the streets of Toronto with the Indy Grand Prix Honda, brothers Nick and Kuno Wittmer sure the best out of their weekend with no less than three podiums with their Lombardi Honda Racing Civic in the Canadian Touring Car Championship. Back in action, veteran Kuno earned a second and a third on a race facility he likes a lot. Meanwhile, younger brother Nick, after an early encounter with concrete on Friday, came back charging to a deserving 4th on Saturday and a 2nd place on Sunday morning. After ten rounds of the season now completed, Nick Wittmer sits in second place in the standings, only 20 points from the lead while Lombardi Honda Racing is the team to beat.
"Our game plan went perfect", admitted Kuno Wittmer. "Nick and I knew this track does not forgive much and one must stay clear of the walls and other racing cars. Nick almost lost his weekend on Friday morning in practice. I like this course and have raced it in many series. For the Saturday race, from second row I jumped in second early but was never able to contend for the lead since the winner had outrageous power on the back stretch. The Sunday race was a carbon copy except I didn't want to compromise our chances to step on the podium and Nick just outbraked me late in a corner. The only team orders we have is never to make contact."
"I must first thank our team for resurrecting my car after my error on Friday," smiled Nick Wittmer. "I thought my car was beyond repairs and they pulled a miracle. I started the race from ninth and went around a first-lap accident to finish in fourth with an ailing car. I'm so happy of the end result even if the car in third was declared under weight. For the second race, I wanted to remember Kuno who was the fastest in the family! Just kidding, we have raced many times side by side and we would never touch. I just caught him by surprise in a corner. Now I must concentrate to work on that 20-point gap separating me from the lead in the standings."
"Kuno and Nick were fantastic", cheered team owner Tony Lombardi. "It proves we have the best team in this league. We're going to do our very best to give Nick a car to get back in the lead starting from our next program in Calabogie."
Only Nick at Calabogie in two weeks
The next program will take the Canadian Touring Car Championship to the new and winding race track in Calabogie, Ontario, west of Ottawa on July 25 and 26. Nick Wittmer will be the only one taking to the track in the #06 de Lombardi Honda Racing Civic since both team-mates Kuno Wittmer and Jean-Francois Dumoulin will be unable to attend.