Jun 10

Amazing race weekend for Lombardi Honda Racing at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Scoring four podiums and a first victory in 35 years at Montreal

2013-06-07_1287Drivers of the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire have been anticipating their second appearance at the Grand Prix du Canada.

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The practise session took place under cold and slippery conditions. Drivers struggled adapting to the track condition, as it changed from corner to corner.

Qualifiyng also took place under rainy conditions. After a perfect weekend at CTMP, three weeks ago, Scott Nicol grabbed the pole, 0.211 faster than Rémy Audette who scored second place followed by Nick Wittmer and his new Honda Accord Coupe in Super Class. Returning Touring champion, Damon Sharpe driving his Honda Civic Si qualified on pole and Michel Sallenbach just behind leaving Jocelyn Hebert the third place. Karl Wittmer managed adapting to the track and got his hands on the pole in B-Spec Class.

Saturday afternoon, drivers attacked the track in hopes of earning a step on the podium. All along, drivers had a hard time adapting to the ever changing weather conditions which led to multiple losses of control, but fortunately, no major accidents. Benjamin Distaulo took the lead after three laps, but was soon overtaken by Scott Nicol, both driving Honda Civic Si’s. They exchanged positions a number of times before Distaulo finally stole the lead only two laps before the checkered flag. They finished the race followed by Roger Ledoux in his Subaru WRX in Super Class. In Touring Class, Michel Sallenbach landed first position followed by Jocelyn Hebert and Damon Sharpe. Lombardi’s second podium of the day was nailed by Benoît Gagnon who got first place in B-Spec, Nick Wittmer trailed behind.

Early Sunday morning, competitors got on the track for the second race. The starting grid was determined by Round 3’s lap times. Distaulo had the lead all along, but was followed by Scott Nicol who blew his engine before the end of the race. Distaulo had some trouble with a tire which had a flat spot, “I felt my rear right wheel vibrating and I feared the tire could blowout. But I wanted the victory so much, I wouldn’t have stopped even with a flat tire”, he stated laughing. A young Nathan Blok, 19, climbed on the second step of the podium and Jérimy Daniel on the third. Jocelyn Hébert got the first position in Touring Class and so did Karl Wittmer in B-Spec.

All in all, Lombardi Honda Racing had an amazing weekend by scoring four podiums and a first victory in 35 years at Montreal.

After the F1 race on Sunday afternoon, a very sad incident lead to the death of a worker on the track, we offer our deepest sympathies to family and friends.

Round 5 and 6 will be disputed at ICAR on July 6 and 7.

source: www.touringcar.ca