TRG-Aston Martin Racing take GTD series lead in Tudor United Sportscar Championship
Elkhart Lake, 10 August 2015 – For the first time in North American history, an Aston Martin race car sits on top of a major sportscar racing series in both the Team and Drivers Championships following the latest round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Road America.
A strong qualifying effort and flawless driving performance saw Danish sportscar standout Christina Nielsen and her teammate, reigning GTLM champion Kuno Wittmer (US) finish second in GTD class at the Tudor Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America this weekend.
The duo have combined successfully since first driving together at Watkins Glen in June and registered another podium finish at Lime Rock Park just two weeks ago, the team’s thrid podium of the year. The second place result at Road America catapults Nielsen and the TRG-AMR team into first place in the IMSA Tudor GTD Championship.
The race at Road America also marked a home race for sponsors Orion Energy Systems and LaSalle Solutions, which were both on hand to witness the fantastic finish by the 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Christina Nielsen and the team s ascension into the overall points lead in the GTD class.
TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler said: We have known all season we have the car, driver combination and the team to win. Christina has been solid throughout the season and with the addition of Kuno Wittmer at the midpoint of the championship, it is paying off.
Christina did an incredible job of qualifying the 007 V12 Vantage P3 yesterday with an amazing lap of a 2:09. She backed it up by driving a fast, super heads-up race today and allowing Kuno to finish it off in P2.
I simply could not be more proud of my drivers, crew, and entire team. What really makes this performance special is being able to take over the GTD class points lead with three of our key sponsors at the track in Orion Energy Systems, LaSalle Solutions and Royal Purple/Calumet all present. We could not do it without them.
We feel confident that we have a strong program for the last three races of the season at VIR, COTA and Road Atlanta. We want to enjoy our points lead this weekend with all of the festivities at Pebble Beach but then get back to work and focus on extending that lead going into VIR on the August 21-23 weekend.”
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship resumes at Virginia International Raceway on 23 August.11th August 2015