Bonilla maintains Championship lead after Mont-Tremblant weekend Orlando, FL- The Skip Barber National Championship presented by RACER has entered the second half of the season for Gerardo Bonilla. Bonilla came into the Mont-Tremblant,...
Bonilla maintains Championship lead after Mont-Tremblant weekend
Orlando, FL- The Skip Barber National Championship presented by RACER has entered the second half of the season for Gerardo Bonilla. Bonilla came into the Mont-Tremblant, Canada weekend with three wins and a thirty point championship lead.
The picturesque circuit located about an hour north of Montreal, Quebec was a welcome sight to the Skip Barber Series. Bonilla's weekend was off to a flying start as he set the fastest lap in each of Friday's practice sessions. Bonilla and his Formula Dodge R/T 2000 race car had a solid day with a best lap of 1:48.637. "I was able to relax more, feel how the BF Goodrich tires find their traction limits better and take smarter risks thanks to an even better balance in transitions," stated Bonilla.
Saturday's weather was great for round #9 of the season. The day opened with qualifying for the National Series and Bonilla was able to grab the 4th best qualifying time of the day, just a couple of tenths off 2nd place. As the field took the green flag, Bonilla began to look for a gap to make a move. That gap showed its face in turn 2. Bonilla took the opportunity and quickly moved into 2nd position. As the race progressed, Bonilla found himself in a train of competitors and would slip to 5th position. "I was struggling to find grip on the track during the race," said Bonilla. Despite the traction issue, Bonilla was able to secure 4th position at the finish.
Round #10 was set for Sunday with qualifying beginning the day. 3rd position on the grid would be Bonilla's starting slot for the last race of the weekend. After several laps of chasing the front two cars, the Floridian realized that he had serious competition sitting right behind him. The duo of Garrett Zine and Cole Nelson would offer stiff competition for Bonilla for the remainder of the race. "Lap after lap we pulled passes every place we could, trading that 3rd spot again and again," said Bonilla. "With one lap to go, Garrett was able to get by, but I held off Cole at the finish line." The 4th place finish gives Bonilla a 25 point lead in the championship over closet rival Jordy Vorrath.
The next two rounds will accompany the American Le Mans weekend at Road American in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 18-20.