GORING REPEATS MOSPORT HAT TRICK AT ROAD ATLANTA PETIT LeMANS In August, young up-and-coming IMSA racer Jonathan Goring had nailed record- breaking back-to-back victories in the two races held at Canada's challenging Mosport track, and...
GORING REPEATS MOSPORT HAT TRICK AT ROAD ATLANTA PETIT LeMANS
In August, young up-and-coming IMSA racer Jonathan Goring had nailed record- breaking back-to-back victories in the two races held at Canada's challenging Mosport track, and shattered the existing track record by two seconds. Anyone would be proud of such an accomplishment, especially at one of the toughest tracks in North America.
Well, that was not enough for Goring. He did it again yesterday at another tough circuit, ROAD ATLANTA on October 1, 2008, in the IMSA LITES doubleheader held in connection with the Petit LeMans Endurance race. He won the pole, and set two new lap records (in the qualifying and the race), and was never passed by any other competitor, flag to flag, in either of the two races.
The #14 black Comprent DP02 Elan featured the sponsorship of internationally famous Tifosi Eyewear, along with that of Skip Barber Racing School, Alfas Unlimited and NPA Graphics. Comprent Racing Services is based in Athens, Georgia, and the team calls Road Atlanta their home track.
The IMSA Lites schedule calls for two races per weekend at each of six events. All of the races have featured a full field of over twenty very competitive entries in three classes per event. This is the third back-to- back victory weekend this season for Goring, who also won both races at Sebring in addition to Mosport. He also claimed one win each at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and at Connecticut's Lime Rock Park.
Goring loves to race, especially at Road Atlanta, and he showed he was thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. Starting from pole, Goring drew away first in each of the two races, and steadily lengthened the gap away from second place, only to be slowed by a full course yellow in the Friday race. On the restart, Goring again was able to come out first and was never challenged to the checker.
Goring says: "This was a tough weekend, and the pressure was on - but we came through it in excellent shape. Once again, I want to thank Kevin, Terry and all the crew. Comprent gave me a great car as always, and I was thrilled to be able to gain maximum points toward the championship this weekend."
The season finale will be next up in two weeks at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, California, which will decide the IMSA Lites championship. Heading into the finale, Goring only needs one additional point to clinch the class championship.