Coleman, WI (June 5, 2008) - The three driver, two light buggy team of Holtger Motorsports made the 11-hour haul, to Wheatland, Missouri to begin the 2008 Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing season. Stephanie Paitl is the pilot of the ...
Coleman, WI (June 5, 2008) - The three driver, two light buggy team of Holtger Motorsports made the 11-hour haul, to Wheatland, Missouri to begin the 2008 Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing season. Stephanie Paitl is the pilot of the #144 VW-powered Light Buggy, while Craig Paitl and Bryan Holtger share the driving duties of the #100 Light Buggy. Both teams are sponsored by Holtger Brothers, Catco, NAPA-Green Bay, Peshtigo National Bank, Tuttle Woodworking Insurance Marketing Concepts, and Goodyear Tire.
After a solid practice session on Friday, Holtger Motorsports opted not to participate the final session on Saturday. The buggies were gassed up and ready for anything the .7 mile long off-road track could throw at them. Well almost anything.
Saturday night saw the Light Buggy race start while light rain was falling. The track was already soaked and full of mud thanks to a thunderstorm that passed through the area earlier in the day. Nevertheless the show must go on. The track conditions deteriorated so quickly that visibility for the racers was almost zero and track safety workers could not perform their duties properly. After three laps the race was stopped. WSORR official were hoping to continue the remainder of the Light Buggy race and the rest of the Round One program Sunday morning before the Round Two action.
Sunday, the weather cooperated and Light Buggy-Round One was completed. The track was still very muddy, but the track gradually dried out as the racing continued. In Round One #100 Craig Paitl finished in eighth place and wife, Stephanie crossed the line in sixteenth.
When #144 Stephanie Paitl and brother, Bryan Holtger,in the red #100 Light Buggy took the track for Round Two,track conditions were ideal for off-road racing. The race action was tight as all eighteen racers were running at the finish. Stephanie Paitl finished fourteenth and Bryan Holtger came home in seventh.
Here are a few comments from Holtger Motorsports after the weekend of racing. "Fortunately the officials stopped the race last night," commented Craig Paitl. "It really wasn't safe to race out there. It was a good call by WSORR."
"The track was very technical, the limited amount of suspension and power we run with really made the rhythm section hard on equipment," explained Stephanie Paitl. "There really wasn't a fast line through the whoops."
"The track was awesome," stated Bryan Holtger. "It was a true driver's track."
2008 World Series of Off-Road Racing Light Buggy Championship Standings.
Bryan Holtger/Craig Paitl - SEVENTH PLACE
Stephanie Paitl - SIXTEENTH PLACE
The next race for Holtger Motorsports is the Forest County Potawotomi Brush Run, June 21-22, in Crandon, Wisconsin.