Holman remains in the championship hunt until last corner of last race If you watched the SPEED Channel coverage of the first Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race that aired on October 26 at 2:30pm you would hardly have known Chris Holman was even ...
Holman remains in the championship hunt until last corner of last race
If you watched the SPEED Channel coverage of the first Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race that aired on October 26 at 2:30pm you would hardly have known Chris Holman was even competing in the series.
Starting a 12th, Holman had a great start but got too optimistic in his passing and was punted into the gravel on turn one. Re-entering the track in 29th, Holman was never above 17th and crashed out in the second last lap, and was one of three cars to be towed back to the paddock. "That was a tough race," commented Holman. "The contact in turn one dented my rim and I had a tire deflate in the late laps. The crash was unavoidable and we need to re-group move on."
With the crash behind him Holman went on in the next seven races to post 7 consecutive top - 10's, 2 podiums and 4 top - 5's. His best finish was second at Mosport in May. His best qualifying was a second at Atlanta in the last race.
Going into Atlanta Holman was 46 points out of the championship and needed some help from his competitors to take top honours. He did his part, sitting in pole position until the last lap, but getting knocked off pole by Mark Pombo by 4/100.
Holman went on to lead five laps of the race and showcase both his race craft and his good sportsmanship. Late in the race Holman was passed while battling with Pombo for the lead. Sitting P3 he was under pressure by Josh Hurley. "Hurley was looking to have it out with Pombo for the championship," noted Holman. I was a wild card and while I didn't let him by, I could have battled harder. In the big picture I knew I was as well positioned as I could be and it didn't matter whether I was third or fourth. If the front three cars dropped out the championship was mine."
Indeed Holman was correct. The competitiors were stacked up exactly as Holman needed to be in position to win the big prize, with Michael Denino and Caleb Kenney P5 and P6.
Unfortunately for Holman the front three stayed on track and Holman finished sixth in the championship. "To be in the hunt until the last corner is all a driver can hope for," said Holman. "I look back on my season with few regrets and know I did my best. It was a great ride and I made developed many good relationships along the way. I am sure that being in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series will help my racing career."
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