Ockey Finishes Third Overall in Round 3 While Kujala and Thienes Take Second Overall in Round 4
Watkins Glen, New York – Watkins Glen International saw the entire US RaceTronics team shine this weekend as driver Damon Ockey drove the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary Huracán to a third-place overall finish and class victory in Round 3 of the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American Series, while the second race of the weekend saw the team of Brian Thienes and Patrick Kujala bring the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills home second overall and first in class.
It didn’t appear that the weekend would go the team’s way on Thursday when the No. 17 crashed during practice, but the crew stepped up to the challenge and was able to get the Lamborghini Huracán repaired in time for Friday’s Round 3 race.
Team owner, Shane Seneviratne, was thrilled with the efforts of the entire team this weekend and thoroughly pleased with the overall results.
“Hats off to all the guys,” Seneviratne said. “They worked really hard all weekend and did a great job of getting the No. 17 back together after it crashed in the second practice. We had great results from both cars with overall podiums in both races as well as class podiums each day. I want to thank everyone for putting in the extra effort we needed to be so successful this weekend.”
Canadian driver, Damon Ockey, started the weekend off with his first overall podium and second class win of the season on Friday in the first of the two races at the famed Watkins Glen International. Ockey also had a third in class finish in race two for his fourth straight podium of the season.
“Friday’s race was really good. I started P4 in class and eighth overall. It was a good, clean start and I was able to make up time during the race with passes and had a great pit stop. I had my driver coach telling me where to focus and I was just able to get a gap, concentrate on my line and get the win and a third overall. Saturday started great as well. I had some great lap times, but after the pit stop my tires started to blister, which caused me to lose 2-3 seconds. I still managed to finish third in class, so I’m pretty happy with the weekend’s results.”
Brian Thienes and Patrick Kujala qualified fourth for both races and also managed to bring the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills home with podium finishes on both days. The duo finished third in class on Friday after experiencing some engine issues, but came back with an impressive drive in Saturday’s Round 4 race finishing second overall and first in their class
“It was a lot of fun,” Thienes said. “There are some really good fast drivers out there, and I am really impressed with the skill level of these drivers and how clean the start was. I feel bad for Damon. I thought he was going to win overall, but I think his car went away on him. But I am happy to be on the top of the podium, and it was a really good job by US RaceTronics putting together a really great race car. Due to the setback from the crash, the car wasn’t optimal, but Patrick still did a fantastic job. He’s a phenomenal driver and it was fun sharing a car with him.”
“I am very happy for the team,” Kujala said. “We had a little understeer, but apart from that, everything was normal. I had clear laps every time, and when I exited the pits I had a clear lap, as well, so I could basically drive alone with no pressure. So it was a pretty normal race. We had a rough start, but the team did an amazing job the entire weekend. The track was so much fun to drive and Brian was a great teammate. I want to thank Shane and the entire team for making my first race weekend in the Lamborghini North American Series such a memorable one.”
The team’s next opportunity for to add to their trophy case comes on August 4-7 at Road America in Wisconsin. The legendary four-mile, 14-turn road course is a driver and fan favorite and should prove to be another great setting for US RaceTronics to continue to showcase their abilities.
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*Photos Courtesy of Jamey Price