Aschenbach, Gaples maintain category championship leads after Lime Rock
Lakeville, Conn. – Blackdog Speed Shop drivers Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples left Lime Rock Park on Saturday with their championship leads intact after the second of two races for the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class.
Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, placed second in Race Two to grow his lead in the GTS Driver’s Championship. It was the seventh podium finish in eight events for the four-time World Challenge champion.
Gaples placed fourth in the GTSA category and ninth overall behind the wheel of the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevy Camaro GT4.R. After eight rounds, he holds a solid lead in the GTSA Driver’s Championship heading to Road America for the next doubleheader weekend.
Aschenbach began on the outside of the front row after he set the second-fastest lap in Friday’s Race One. After briefly falling back, he moved up to third after 12 laps and back to second at the halfway point. A handful of slower cars between he and the leader on a late-race restart meant he was unable to mount a challenge for victory.
“The first part of today’s race was classic Lime Rock – lots of close, hard racing,” Aschenbach said. “Traffic is always tough to deal with, especially when you are matched up against cars with different strengths and weaknesses like we have in GTS. The Blackdog Speed Shop guys made a huge setup change for today. It seemed to help with the drivability of our Chevy Camaro GT4.R. At the end of the day, it’s nice to get back on the podium and score runner-up points. It’s good for the championship but I’m really hoping we’ll be in position to challenge for a win coming up. There isn’t a team that deserves it more.”
Just as his teammate did, Gaples ran a smooth and consistent race in his Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro – no easy task around Lime Rock. Half the field suffered contact or went off-track. At the end of the day, that helped Gaples record his sixth top-10 of the season.
“It’s never easy to stay clean around Lime Rock Park,” Gaples said. “You have to take what the track and the race gives you, and that’s what I felt we did well today. I think we are headed in the right direction with the setup change we made for today. We are getting more and more comfortable with the Camaro GT4.R. It’s still very new and we’re learning more about what it takes to get the optimum level of performance out of the car. With some time to go through the data and more track time, I’m confident we’ll be in a much better position to fight. I’m already looking forward to Road America.”
Blackdog Speed Shop’s next race will be a the 4.048-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 23-25. CBS Sports Network will air Lime Rock Park action at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7.
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