THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM FOR WITTMER Still first in the SWC standings Tooele, Utah.-- Kuno Wittmer has a perfect record : three podiums in as many races! Last weekend on the long Miller Motorsports Park race track, he drove to third place and...
THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM FOR WITTMER
Still first in the SWC standings
Tooele, Utah.-- Kuno Wittmer has a perfect record : three podiums in as many races! Last weekend on the long Miller Motorsports Park race track, he drove to third place and kept the lead in the 2008 World Challenge standings. After topping the charts on Friday with the best time overall in his #44 Realtime Acura, the 25-year old driver suffered a setback to sixth place in qualifying and had to take to the start from third row. He had a rocket start and was well in third place by the second curve but had to defend his position throughout the race. Nevertheless, he ran flawless to the stripe and earned his third consecutive podium. The Realtime Acura team still leads the standings after three rounds and Kuno is ahead of Kleinubing by 12 and Peter Cunningham by 48 points in the drivers' column.
"I'm happy with the end results but I had to work really hard to get there, claimed Wittmer. I spent the race looking in my mirrors because Charles (Espenlaub) and Peter (Cunningham) where pushing very hard. I didn't block them but they were a bit faster on the straights: so I was braking deeper and using the awesome handling of the Realtime Acura in the curves to pull away from them. Miller is the kind of track I like a lot and I was prepared to fight for that position. There was nothing to do with the two cars ahead and I finally got some relief when Peter passed Charles for fourth. The three Acuras finished behind Jason (Saini) who was the class of that field. It's nice to be leading again the championship: my goal is to get the best results in each round and do my share in the manufacturers' championship."
Sixth in qualifying
Wittmer was still in VIR shape when he took to the track for practice sessions on Friday, earning the best time of the day. Unfortunately, he had to settle for 6th in qualifying. "The crew gave me a perfect car, he adds, but I thought there was still half a second left in it. So we tweaked some settings but took the wrong direction. As soon as I drove a few turns I knew the pole was gone because I didn't have the same car balance. And I never got a clean lap around Miller with fresh tires. So I took sixth and knew I would get a better car come race time."
Lime Rock coming fast
Kuno Wittmer will have a busy schedule this coming weekend at Lime Rock. The Speed World Challenge will stage a double header in Touring class and he will team up with Peter Cunningham in the Grand Am Koni Challenge in a I-Moto Acura. His brother Nick, who won the maiden race in Daytona, will partner with Glen Bocchino. Finally, Kuno could also take part in the Grand Am GT class with Kurt Kossman in a Mustang. "My priority now is the SWC championship, says Wittmer. I want to concentrate on this series. I was already committed with Peter in the I-Moto car and I will not change my mind. But Kurt knows that if I have to drop a race, Nick can fill in at any time."