KUNO WITTMER AWARDED BERTRAND-FABI MEMORIAL TROPHY At the Quebec Motorsport Federation banquet Montreal, Quebec.-- Kuno Wittmer had a pretty busy racing calendar and a mostly winning one, ending the season with both third places in the ...
KUNO WITTMER AWARDED BERTRAND-FABI MEMORIAL TROPHY
At the Quebec Motorsport Federation banquet
Montreal, Quebec.-- Kuno Wittmer had a pretty busy racing calendar and a mostly winning one, ending the season with both third places in the final standings in the SCCA World Challenge and Grand Am Koni Challenge series. Clearly the best results ever achieved by a Quebec driver in both touring series. At the Quebec Motorsports Federation season ending gala evening, Wittmer was awarded the Bertrand-Fabi Memorial Trophy, acknowledging his accomplishment on the international scene. In 2008, the 26 year-old driver entered 32 events, won 6 outright and had no less than 24 Top 10. He also entered a few events in the Canadian Castrol Championship and earned two wins by the same token.
"I had a pretty busy calendar this year, claims Wittmer, and it was filled with success. My brother Nick and I have been with very good teams in the last years and we have elbowed our way up in the standings over the best racing facilities in North America. Nick suffered a few mechanical gremlins this year while I was lucky not to DNF a single event. In the Koni Challenge, I teamed up with Peter Cunningham: we didn't have the fastest car but we stayed out of trouble and were always among the leaders."
"In the World Challenge, RealTime Acura was obviously the best team and we fought for the title among us (Cunningham and Kleinubing). It came down to the last lap of the last round where each could come out the winner. Finally, I ran a few events with Lombardi Honda Racing in the Canadian series in order to develop a strong car for 2009 and I earned a few victories in the process. I want to thank both teams, i-Moto and RealTime Acura for their fast machines and some sponsors. But mostly my family who has been involved in motorsports for more than 40 years! "
Kuno, more than a decade in racing
After a few karting years, Kuno entered single seaters in formula 1600, Renault and Atlantic. He started with touring cars in the Motorola and Hankook series (Quebec touring champion in 2002). He took part in the Honda Michelin series and was national champion in 2005. He is among the best touring car drivers in North America.
Bertrand-Fabi Memorial Trophy honors the memory of a young and brilliant driver who died in a Formula 3 race in England in 1986, on his way to a promising formula one career. In the past, this coveted award was given to drivers like Richard Spenard, Claude Bourbonnais, Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier.
Kunick Autosport preparing 2009
For the Wittmer brothers, 2009 could be as busy and propositions are being considered: "We have to look at the rule changes, the cars and the teams involved", he concludes. "The two main touring series are in the picture but there could be some class changes. We -- Nick and I -- will also drive for Lombardi Honda Racing in the Canadian series. But until the Test days in January, we will enjoy the off-season break."
-credit: michel poirier-defoy