LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Blackdog Speed Shop’s Lawson Aschenbach was four minutes from a potential sweep of both Pirelli World Challenge GTS races at Lime Rock Park before a collision during a fight for the lead relegated him to a third-place finish on Saturday.
Driving Blackdog Speed Shop’s No. 10 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R, Aschenbach nevertheless left the doubleheader weekend with the Driver’s Championship lead, as did Blackdog Speed Shop in the Team standings and Chevrolet in the Manufacturer’s battle.
Aschenbach led 44 of 48 laps Saturday. Just like in Friday’s GTS victory, Aschenbach used his Chevrolet V8 power and handling with his Eibach suspension to take the lead out to Turn One over Brett Sandberg. The two raced within a second of each other through the first 45 minutes before they went side-by-side for the second-half of the next lap with Aschenbach hanging on.
Aschenbach fell back to second into the Turn 5 braking zone, but the new leader lost control into the Uphill Chicane. The spinning car collected Aschenbach, who attempted to go wide to the left and avoid the contact. The damage was significant but not enough to keep Aschenbach off the podium.
“We had a good car,” Aschenbach said. “I was doing what I could stay in front of Brett just like yesterday. He was driving really well and was fast through turns Three and Four. He made a great pass but looked like he out-braked himself going into the Chicane and had a tank-slapper. I tried to go left into the grass to avoid him but there was nothing I could do at that point. I feel bad for Brett. He’s been pushing hard all week. He’s a great driver and a great friend.
“Thanks again to Blackdog Speed Shop and Chevrolet,” he added. “The Camaro Z/28.R has been really fast and really good on the short runs. If every race was five laps, we’d be OK! I’m really pleased with the results this weekend. Today was probably going to end up being a runner-up but I’ll take third place and we’ll go on to the next round.”
Blackdog Speed Shop’s No. 11 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R of Tony Gaples suffered further misfortune Saturday. An oil leak early in the race meant an early end to the day for a three-time winner of the Optima Standing Start award in 2016.
“If I’ve had a more disappointing racing weekend, I can’t remember it,” Gaples said. “We have to figure out what’s wrong with this No. 11 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. There are some big, fast tracks in the second half of the schedule, and we need both of our Blackdog Speed Shop Camaros running well for the best chance at another championship.”
The next race for Blackdog Speed Shop is a Pirelli World Challenge GTS doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 23-26. CBS Sports Network will air GTS action from Lime Rock at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 9.
For the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season, Blackdog Speed Shop is proud of the support from its partners OMP, Eibach and Team Chevy.
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