PPM braves the elements at Watkins Glen
China Grove, N.C. -( June 19, 2018)- Despite the heavens opening and practices rained out, there were pole positions, fast laps and podium finishes abound.
Mother nature started the race weekend dumping rain showers on the upstate New York track, all but washing out both practice sessions. That didn’t stop Precision Performance Motorsports from taking a challenging weekend by the horns and walking away with some trophies and seats atop the time charts.
Rolling out for his first dry laps on track, Brandon qualified the #46 P2 in class for Race 1. Shinya showed why he’s called “Showtime” by topping that effort, taking the #46 Super Trofeo to the pole position for Race 2. Despite an exceptionally exciting last lap pass, the PRO duo finished 3rd in class. Race 2 saw a competitior’s jumped start put the #46 three-wide through turns one and two; ultimately leaving Shinya with nowhere to go, but pit lane with rear suspension damage. “It was a trying weekend for sure, but there were many positives to take away from it” said Shinya. “We had the quickest race trim car on the grid, but just couldn’t quite capitalize, so it was frustrating not to be able to get the best results for the team, knowing how hard they all worked on preparing the car. Despite everything, we finished the weekend only five points behind the Championship leaders.”
Indy 500 driver Pippa Mann and co-driver Patrick Liddy took their #47 to the 2nd step of the podium not once, but twice. “I’m very grateful to Precision Performance for helping me showcase some of my Indy 500 sponsors this weekend in Super Trofeo” says Pippa. “Patrick was an incredible co-driver, and it was great to leave the weekend with two PRO-AM podium finishes.” Patrick Liddy is emerging as the primary challenger for the Pro-Am category title.
The #67 Bubba Burger Lamborghini of Shea Holbrook and Martin Barkey turned their first dry laps at Watkins Glen when Race 1 went green. The duo missed qualifying due to damage from being impacted from behind on lap one of the qualifying session; forcing the #67 to start from the final grid position for both races. They responded by getting to speed quickly, and each driver posted the fastest lap in class for both races; bettering even their competitors best qualifying laps. “It was a tough race weekend at Watkins Glen, Shea and I had pace but early contact in Qualifying put us at the back of the grid for both days. The PPM team prepared a great car, it was great to see my co driver Shea Holbrook drive so well and help us find the third step podium in race two” says Martin Barkey. “I love racing the Lamborghini Super Trofeo so it’s off to Road America where we’ll be looking for even better results as we hit midway through the 2018 season.”
PPM takes to the track again for the 3rd stop on the Super Trofeo schedule at the legendary Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI on August 4th & 5th.