With temperatures dipping into the 40’s throughout the weekend, on-and-off rain showers mixed with periods of cloudless sunny skies, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park offered a challenging setting for rounds three and four of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car championship.
S.A.C. Racing entered the weekend with high hopes after a strong opening weekend at VIR, and in the end, came away with more hardware for the team trophy case.
“I could not be more proud of how strong our team has run this year so far,” said team principal Ademir Fedumenti. “This series is one of the most competitive in all of racing. Our team has worked hard every race, and it shows in our continued success this year in Pirelli World Challenge.”
Race one was held under cloudy skies and offered challenging conditions for everyone involved, as temperatures had dropped considerably since the first testing day. Due to two large accidents on track, the second of which halted the race under red flag conditions for the remainder of the race, teams only were able to run a total of nine laps in the race before the checkered flag fell.
Unable to mount much of a challenge for the lead, Elivan Goulart led the S.A.C. contingency in his Mazda Global MX5 Cup Car with a second place finish in TCA, with teammate Matthew Fassnacht right behind him in third. Dan Moen brought his Mazda MX-5 home in eighth place in TCA as well. Anthony Geraci finished in seventh place in TC competition in his Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport.
The second race of the weekend featured cold conditions once again, with light rain falling on the course throughout the morning race. Despite the conditions, the race was run without the extended caution periods that marred race one.
After 25 laps, of action, Goulart and Fassnacht once again found themselves leading S.A.C. to yet another podium performance. Goulart took second place in TCA with Fassnacht finishing third. Teammate Dan Moen finished eighth in TCA competition with Anthony Geraci bringing his Audi home 11th in TC.
After another successful weekend, S.A.C. Racing now has seven podiums in four races this year, led by Fassnacht’s perfect 4-for-4 in podium finishes. Goulart has now finished on the podium three out of the four races this year as well, cementing the team’s place as once again being the ones to beat in 2017.
“This is a really challenging place to race,” said Goulart. “You have to respect this place or it is going to bite you. I think the fact that we came away with second place shows how hard we have worked.”
Teammate Dan Moen echoed Goulart’s sentiments.
“I have the best team and the best teammates in the garage,” said Moen. “Every weekend we push each other to be faster than the last race.”
S.A.C. will now turn their attention to rounds five and six of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car slate at Lime Rock Park this weekend in Connecticut.
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