Columbus, OH. (July 30, 2016)
Mid Ohio brought stormy skies for Race 1, ultimately leading to a postponed race due to severe weather. With the makeup race scheduled for the final round at Laguna Seca, it was on to race 2 of the event with clear skies and perfect conditions.
A stalled car and contact near the front ultimately resulted in Martin Barkey advancing to P2, and Anthony Mantella forced to come to a near complete stop to avoid the wreckage, now at the back of the pack.
Mid Ohio is a unique surface, one that takes more time than most for tires to come up to temperature. With back to back full-yellow course scenarios, coupled with the low mass of the KTM, we struggled early in the race to find pace. This resulted in Martin falling back until he was able to get the tires to come in. At that point, Anthony and Martin were the second and third fastest cars on track, but the lost track position was too much to regain, ultimately finishing in P9 and P10.
The team now prepares for a quick turn around before the truck heads west to Utah Motorsport Campus for a race in the mountains.
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