Second overall for Aschenbach, in GTSA for Gaples in Chevy Camaro GT4.Rs
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Blackdog Speed Shop drivers Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples each recorded a pair of runner-up finishes Sunday with their Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs in the second of two GTS races for the Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The pair of results each were positive. Aschenbach increased his lead in the GTS Driver’s Championship – as well as Chevrolet’s margin in the Manufacturer’s standings – as the Blackdog Speed Shop No. 10 Chevy Camaro GT4.R finished on the podium for the 11th time in 12 races.
For Gaples, his runner-up GTSA finish was a fantastic bounce-back from a crash in Saturday’s first race – a combination of great driving and a championship-quality repair effort from the Blackdog Speed Shop team.
Aschenbach, who won for the first time this year in the class Saturday, began from pole and led the first half of Sunday’s sprint. He and Ian James wowed fans around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit with a tough but clean duel for the better part of 10 minutes.
“That was such a hard fight today with Ian, but I’ll go away satisfied with second place following yesterday’s win,” said Aschenbach, a five-time winner in GTS at Mid-Ohio. “Any time you can leave a race track with a bigger lead in the championship than when you started, it’s a good weekend. So that’s what we’ll take from today. Thanks to everyone at Blackdog Speed Shop and Team Chevy. The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R was terrific all weekend. It had great balance but unfortunately we didn’t quite have the speed to stay out front. We’re all looking forward to seeing what it can do at Utah in a couple of weeks.”
Gaples rocketed through the field at the start in his No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R. Starting 14th, he made up five spots on the first lap alone and took the GTSA class lead on the fourth of the race’s 35 laps. He ran as high as eighth in the overall order before succumbing to a significant speed differential to the eventual class-winning car.
“I really wanted to reward the Blackdog Speed Shop crew with a class win today,” Gaples said. “They worked incredibly hard yesterday to repair our Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R for today’s race. I can’t say enough about their effort and how much I appreciate it. To lead for that long and then have it go away on the last lap is disappointing to say the least. We’re a good 8-9 mph down on straight-line speed to the fastest car in GTS. You can’t overcome that – even with a car as strong as our Camaro GT4.R. But we’ve shown there’s no give-up in Blackdog Speed Shop. We may down in points but we are not out by a long shot. We’ll go into Utah with that same attitude.”
Blackdog Speed Shop’s next race in the Pirelli World Challenge is Aug. 11-13 at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. CBS Sports Network will air GTS action from Mid-Ohio at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
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