Ashley Hiltz leads Holgate Motorsports at Barrie Grand Prix BARRIE, ONTARIO - Gilford's Ashley Hiltz led the Holgate Motorsports team drivers at the Barrie Grand Prix this past weekend with a fifth place finish in RotaxMax Senior. "I am happy...
Ashley Hiltz leads Holgate Motorsports at Barrie Grand Prix
BARRIE, ONTARIO - Gilford's Ashley Hiltz led the Holgate Motorsports team drivers at the Barrie Grand Prix this past weekend with a fifth place finish in RotaxMax Senior. "I am happy with the fifth," a frustrated Hiltz said. "But I am less than happy with the way the race was run, and the actions of some of the drivers. I was supposed to start sixth, but I had a problem getting the engine going. When I finally got it going, I couldn't get back to my spot before the race went green - I think I actually started 14th!"
"This is the best, but toughest race we run all year," Team Principal John Holgate said. "We had all three in the top 20 in qualifying, but it went downhill from there." In qualifying, the Holgate Motorsports drivers were seventh (Ashley Hiltz), Brad LeLiever was 11th, and Matt Stovold was 17th. A great result considering 78 drivers were registered for the race - the top 18 all qualified within one second of the pole.
There was no need for any of the Holgate drivers to run the last chance race as they had all made the final. "It's much easier to sit here in the pits and watch the last chance race than to run it," LeLiever said.
In the final, things started to go bad in a hurry for Stovold. An internal mechanical problem kept him from completing a lap. Meanwhile up front, LeLiever was shoved off the road on the first lap. "I just got pushed into the hay bales," LeLiever said. "Luckily for me, the red came out at the same time and we had a complete restart."
On the restart, LeLiever and Hiltz were soon making their way through the field and also racing against each other. They swapped positions several times and on the last lap, LeLiever tried to defend the inside, but a bent axle - from his first crash - caught him out an he spun. Hiltz was there to seize the opportunity, and bring home her CMP in a strong fifth place for Holgate Motorsports. "Now I've cooled down a bit, I am actually happy to have just finished this one," Hiltz said. "Street races are really tough, and with 40 drivers all racing hard - with hay bales everywhere - it seemed like a new track each lap."
LeLiever was scored in 13th position after recovering from his last lap spin.