Wehrheim Takes First Top Five of the Season at Race of Americas Norcross, GA - Chris Wehrheim came away with a fifth place finish at the first round of the Stars of Karting Championship at Norman, Oklahoma for the Race of Americas. Friday ...
Wehrheim Takes First Top Five of the Season at Race of Americas
Norcross, GA - Chris Wehrheim came away with a fifth place finish at the first round of the Stars of Karting Championship at Norman, Oklahoma for the Race of Americas. Friday practice was just his first time in the PCR package. After breaking an engine in, Chris was getting comfortable with his PCR machinery.
In Qualifying, Chris decided to wait for the last five minutes of the session to lay down his lap. After 5 laps on track, Chris was in 12th position. This was a respectable starting position, though Chris and his mechanics thought they could have been faster. This meant that Chris would be starting in the 6th position for the Group B Prefinal. At the start Chris was able to muscle his way to the inside and gain 2 positions. After 10 laps Chris was able to move in to 3rd where he settled until the checkered. With a 3rd in the prefinal Chris would start in 6th position for the Final on Sunday.
Chris was able to hold his position at the start of the final, but he noticed that he and the team had made a mistake of gearing. Luckily there was a red flag and Chris was able to make a gear change. At the restart Chris made a great move on the outside to move into 4th position, but soon fell to 5th. For the next few laps Chris came under pressure from many drivers as his tires were still coming up to temperature. Around lap 5, Chris was able to put on an attack for a podium position. Throughout the middle of the race, Chris was in a heated battle for the final podium position which he was in for a few laps. As the race wore on, one mistake made Chris settle for a 5th position at the checkered flag.
"The race went well, but I think we could have finished 3rd in the Final," commented Wehrheim. "Though we changed the gear after the red flag, we should have gone up another tooth. I was loosing about 4 kart lengths out of the two hairpins. The chassis was amazing and almost perfect. All in all it was a great weekend to start of the season. I have to thank Jamie Sieracki, Pepo from PCR, Tommy Mayr, Stand 21, and the whole Franklin Motorsports crew."