Hofman zoom-zooms to 5th with the Jig-A-Loo Mazda at GP3R GP3R, August 19, 2007. -- Yannick Hofman made the best of an entertaining race as he took the Andersen Racing Jig-A-Loo single seater to a deserving 5th overall in his maiden Star ...
Hofman zoom-zooms to 5th with the Jig-A-Loo Mazda at GP3R
GP3R, August 19, 2007. -- Yannick Hofman made the best of an entertaining race as he took the Andersen Racing Jig-A-Loo single seater to a deserving 5th overall in his maiden Star Mazda race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The 19-year old Montreal native kept out of trouble in a first corner carnage and jumped from 8th on the grid to 6th. From then, he paced himself around the 2,447-kilometer racing facility and drove flawless for the remaining 38 laps. After a light contact from the back on lap 2, Hofman experienced some trouble shifting and lost his top gear, Nevertheless, he nursed his car in 5th. With a healthier machine, he could have finished higher but the rookie is more than satisfied after his first Star Mazda weekend.
" Coming to the first corner, I figured some cars wouldn't make it, said Hofman, and I wanted to get out of trouble and keep racing. I found myself in sixth with a good car and from then racing was fun. In the second lap, my Jig-A-Loo car was hit from the back and my transmission had some hiccups.I had to lift my foot from the pedal all the time in order to shift and I lost sixth gear. It all added up to a second a lap and I just wanted to nurse the car to the end. Still, I stayed ahead of Jonny (Baker) and came in fifth. For a first race, I think the people at Andersen were happy and we look for the next race together, probably at Road Atlanta in October. I have to be pretty happy with my weekend: racing in a new series with more power, on a race track can take away all your hopes in a second, topping the charts in Top 10 in practice and qualifying and finishing in 5th overall. I thank the people at Jig-A-Loo and Andersen Racing Team that gave me that opportunity."