WITTMER EARNS VICTORY AND 5TH PLACE AT LIME ROCK Still leading the SWC standings Lime Rock, Connecticut.-- Kuno Wittmer had very good outings in the World Challenge double header held at Lime Rock on Memorial weekend. Saturday, in his ...
WITTMER EARNS VICTORY AND 5TH PLACE AT LIME ROCK
Still leading the SWC standings
Lime Rock, Connecticut.-- Kuno Wittmer had very good outings in the World Challenge double header held at Lime Rock on Memorial weekend. Saturday, in his #44 RealTime Acura, he became the first driver this season to record two victories, tying his teammate's record (Kleinubing) of five consecutive podiums. Monday, with a 95-pound mandatory addition, he came out with a rewarding 5th place in the second round to keep the lead in the 2008 World Challenge standings by a slim 6-point margin. On the same program, he teamed up with Peter Cunningham in the Grand Am Koni Challenge to earn 8th place in an overheating car he had to nurse to the checkered flag. Nevertheless, both drivers are now lying second in this series standings.
"I was racing with two hard working teams this weekend but we had our share of problems, declared the 25-year old Montreal driver. It started on a brilliant note when I registered the best time in practice on Saturday. Then Pierre (Kleinubing) edged me for the pole. At the start of the first round, I jumped into the lead and concentrated on reeling in good laps until the last lap for my second victory. In the other round, my car came to a halt on the track with a throttle sensor problem after I registered only one lap, still good enough for 6th place on the grid. In the Monday race, I managed to inch my way into fourth before I was punted by another car. From then, handling was precarious and all I could do was nurse the car to 5th at the stripe."
"In the Koni Challenge, Peter and I were starting from a distant 21st place. In the last hour, as I was charging to the front, the car experimented some overheating and I had to ease the pace. Getting away with 8th is nothing to be ashamed of in such conditions. We are now second in the Koni standings."
Engine hiccups for Nick
Nick Wittmer came to Lime Rock with a Daytona win under his belt. Codriver and owner Glen Bocchino placed the I-Moto Acura 9th on the grid and started the race for a long stint before he came into the pits under yellow for the usual driver change. Nick took to the track in 13th place and was heading for a Top 5 or even a podium after clocking the fastest lap in the race. Then the engine started sputtering; he had to back off the pace dramatically and finished way back (34th). "I tried everything from running in lower gears to engine reset but to no avail. What a sad end after a good start. I'm putting this behind me and I'm already looking forward to the next round at my favorite track, Mosport!"
Next : The Glen and Mosport
The Wittmer brothers won't be idle for long with events within driving distance from home coming next. Kuno will head to Watkins Glen next week (June 6-7) for the 6th round of the World Challenge. The ensuing week, both brothers will drive north of Toronto to Mosport (June 13-14) for the 3rd race of the Koni Challenge. "Kuno and I feel like home in Mosport, says Nick, one of the most respected facilities in America. We look forward to this weekend."