Frank A. Filipponio
| May 25, 2016
Some Team StopTech Pirelli World Challenge excitement again this week from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In GT, the RealTime Acura team scored a podium on Saturday and a disappointing DNF on Sunday that should make the upcoming race at Lime Rock Park a little more interesting. In TC, the Shea Racing team picked up four impressive top 10 finishes between Saturday and Sunday.
In TC Rounds 3 and 4, Shea Holbrook drove the No. 67 BUBBA burger, Luca Oil, KONI Shock Absorbers, Honda Racing/HPD Accord to P5 and P9 respectively, while teammate, Jason Fichter finished P6 and P5 in the No.7 car. The team's hard work resulted in strong performances and positive results moving into next weekend’s races at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
These performances put them solidly in the hunt for the championship with 8 more races to go.
It was also a pretty good weekend for our friends at RealTime Racing, in round 8 of the Pirelli World Challenge GT Championships. Ryan Eversley qualified and finished third, in the #43 Acura TLX-GT, and Peter Cunningham earned the Motortrendondemand.com Clean Pass of the Race and VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger awards, in the #42 Acura TLX-GT, both on StopTech Trophy Big Brake Kits featuring our ST40GT calipers and 2-piece AeroRotors! Congrats, Guys!
Sunday looked to be another great day for the team, with Ryan gridding up in P3 and Peter in P14. After the start, however, everything went a bit off track, so to speak. JD Davison ran Ryan off track with his No.33 AE Replay XD Nissan Academy Nissan GTR, which also pushed Ryan into the path of the No.88 Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3 of Adderly Fong, knocking both of them out of the race after just one lap. Meanwhile, Peter drove a solid race, moving up two spots in the final order. At the end of the race the stewards penalized Davison with a time bump, dropping him from second to 11th in the final order.
It was a disappointing turn of events after such a promising Saturday race, and it was made even more uncomfortable when it was determined that Ryan's car couldn't be repaired on time to make it to Connecticut for Rd 10. With so little time between races, the team made the difficult decision to turn Cunningham's car over to Eversley for the next race at Lime Rock this weekend so Ryan could keep his championship hopes alive.
“The No. 43 car took quite a hit against the concrete barrier in Sunday’s race,” Cunningham said. “To repair the chassis properly, we need to get it back to our workshop, and because of the quick turnaround, it would’ve been impossible to affect a proper fix in time.
“Since Ryan is on top of his game and in a better points position, it made sense for him to carry the RealTime flag, to hopefully generate the best results for Acura in Connecticut this weekend.”
“I’m obviously very disappointed to have to switch chassis,” Eversley said. “But I am extremely thankful to my teammate and friend Peter for giving up his seat for the weekend.
“Lime Rock should suit our Acura TLX pretty well and I’m determined to give these RealTime guys something to smile about after a terrible second race at Mosport.”