The High’s and Low’s of Motorsport

July 1, 2014 Mark38

Happy Canada Day All!

It’s been a few weeks since my last report so here’s an update!

Following the Detroit race weekend with Kia, it was straight to Kansas with Mantella Autosport.

The Kansas weekend presented a whole lot of firsts. Anthony did an awesome job learning the track quickly and putting in some great lap times in practice. After a good race start, Anthony drove a strong stint and team called a great strategy to keep the car in strong contention. Unfortunately, right after I got in the car, we suffered a mechanical failure that ended our day early. For a full report, check out the link below.

Kansas Post Race

Following Kansas and a short break, it was off to Road America for the next two rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge with Kia Racing. The weekend started off well and the momentum seemed to carry on from Detroit. In race 1, I started P2 (based on points) after qualifying was rained out. I would remain in the P2 position for the race and Kia would score its first 1-2 finish since Mosport in 2012. The second race of the weekend would prove to be a little more challenging as a mechanical gremlin proved to limit our potential; I would end up 7th in that race. Kia is back on top in the manufacturers race and I find myself only 1 point out of the top spot in the driver’s championship.

Road America Post Race

After a successful weekend in Road America it was time to head to Watkins Glen with Mantella Autosport. This is one of my favourite tracks and perhaps one of the most challenging in the United States. It simply wasn’t our weekend. Anthony did his best to avoid a spinning car at the start of the race but was left with no where to go. Perhaps the lowest of the lows.. motorsport can be a cruel sport at times. The guys are working hard to get the car ready for Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in just over a week’s time.

Stay tuned for more… a 5 week stretch of racing is coming up and I can’t wait!