Less than a week after capturing several podiums north of the border, S.A.C. Racing returned to action as the Pirelli World Challenge series took to the tight bullring that is Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Due to the condensed schedule and large field sizes, PWC officials split the TC class from TCA and TCB competitors for the weekend, offering a unique situation for S.A.C. drivers.
“This race was a challenging one because of the time limitations here at Lime Rock,” said team principal Ademir Fedumenti. “Our team and drivers had a tough task at hand due to this unique situation, and I couldn’t be more proud of how well they handled it.”
Race one saw S.A.C. driver Anthony Geraci bring home his Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport in 13th place. Additionally, because of the split TC and TCA/TCB schedule, driver Elivan Goulart was able to pull double duty, running in the TC race with Krügspeed in one of the team’s Lotus Exige racecars, piloting it to a thrilling victory in TC race one.
“It was a really challenging situation with the changing track conditions in the race,” said Geraci. “Our team has done an outstanding job this year of getting this new car prepared to be competitive week in and week out and I cannot thank them all enough.”
On Saturday morning, the TCA/TBC classes took to the track for their first race of the weekend. Once again, Goulart was the class of the field, this time driving his S.A.C. Racing Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car to yet another victory, finishing just ahead of teammate and fastest-lap-setter Matthew Fassnacht. Team driver Dan Moen brought his Mazda MX-5 home in eighth position, while driver Richard Astacio, who came on for a one-off weekend, finished seventh.
“I was able to really improve my times on the track during the race,” said Moen after his race. “The team gave me a great car and after falling back early on, I was able to begin picking my way through the pack to improve my position.”
Race two for the TC class followed right after the opener. This time, Geraci brought home the car in 15th, with S.A.C. driver Elivan Goulart once again leading the start of the race, only to crash out on lap 11. Despite the accident, Goulart turned right around and piloted his Mazda in the weekend finale to yet another victory.
Goulart once again led an S.A.C. sweep of the top two TCA podium positions, taking the win ahead of Matthew Fassnacht. Teammate Dan Moen continued his improvement with another eighth place performance. Newcomer Richard Astacio fought hard through the tough field, one again finishing seventh in class.
“It was a great start and it was my first standing start in the new Mazda Global MX-5 car,” said Goulart after his win. “I was a little nervous about it. Both starts with the Mazda and the Lotus were excellent today. The TCB guys were racing really hard for lead and I wanted to be fair to them. So, I gave them some room. It was a great weekend with three wins in four races. It was a great weekend for me in the points too.”
Pirelli World Challenge’s Touring Car competition returns to its traditional schedule June 23-25 at Road America.
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