Canadian Wittmer still with a TC championship possibility at famed track
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Karl Wittmer, Matt Travis and Jayson Clunie bring the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW M235iR sports cars to the famed Watkins Glen International road course this weekend in search of victory lane and important points in the Pirelli World Challenge season finale with the Touring Car class doubleheader races.
Action gets underway Friday with practice sessions set for the Touring Car division at 9:05 am EDT and 2:15 p.m. EDT with TC qualifying scheduled for Saturday at 9:05 a.m. EDT. The two Touring 40-minute sprint races will begin at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday with the 21-car TC field.
Wittmer, the Montreal driver in the No. 91 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR, comes to the season-ending weekend with an outside chance at the coveted TC point championship, a title won for the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW team in 2016 by Toby Grahovec. Wittmer led the Touring Car standings earlier this year and now ranks second entering the final two races, trailing point leader Vesko Kozarov by 20 points.
“I’m very excited to run at the Glen for the first time,” said Wittmer, a TC race winner at Lime Rock Park in May. “I used to go watch my brothers Kuno and Nick race there as a kid and now I finally get to race it myself. I’m confident, as I have the best team (Fast Track Racing) and the best manufacturer (BMW Motorsport) in the paddock, to perform at the highest level. It comes down to two races for the championship. It’s all out. No excuses!”
Travis, the Texas veteran, has battled all season in the No. 26 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR with numerous podium finishes and now sits fourth in the TC points. Matt is confident about the team’s chance this weekend at the historic 3.4-mile road circuit.
“I’m excited to close out the season this weekend at a great track, Watkins Glen,” said Travis. “I drove earlier in the year there. And the latest round of BoP (Balance of Performance) changes get us closer to true parity with the Nissans, but, with 21 cars in the field including a lot of single-event entries, it’s anyone’s guess how it will all turn out. The CLASSIC BMW guys always give me a good car, so I feel good about the weekend. I’ll try to do my part and bring home some good results.”
Clunie, the Prince Albert, Sask., Canada racer in the No. 27 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR, is seventh in the current Touring Car points entering the Watkins Glen weekend, but Jayson is seeking his first podium finish of the 2018 season. He has placed fourth and fifth earlier in 2018.
In addition, the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW squad ranks second in the Touring Car team standings, just seven points behind Rearden Racing, 221-214. A big weekend by the Texas-based organization could record another team title in the tough Touring Car class.
Classic BMW in Plano, Tex., heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and has captured the 2016 PWC Touring Car title with Grahovec and the BMW M235iRacing. The BMW M235iR racing sedan also won the PWC Touring Car manufacturer’s championship in 2017.