Weekend Recap – US RaceTronics’ Damon Ockey at Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaDamon Ockey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
- May 4, 2016
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- Posted by Natalie Rossiter
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Salinas, California (Saturday April 30, 2016) – Canadian Driver Damon Ockey drove the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary entry home in eight overall and second in class despite some mid-race challenges with the power-steering in his 620 HP Huracán.
“The race started out really well,” Ockey said. “I made my way up a couple of positions into first place in class. I came in for the pit stop and when I restarted the car my power steering was out. I was down a good second a lap after that. It was a great workout though. Ended up P2. I made it back into P1 at one point, but just wasn’t able to hold the position because of the power steering issue. Still, a fun race. We did pretty good. We’re going to get the car sorted out for tomorrow and it’s going to be awesome.”
Brian Thienes, co-driver of the No. 17, was able to improve on the position he inherited at the
Team owner, Shane Seneviratne, was impressed by how well all three of his driver’s performed in the face of the challenges presented them today.
“I’m really proud of Damon for powering through and bringing the No. 09 home in second place. If he hadn’t had the power-steering issue, I’m certain he would have finished first. He’s a great driver and proved it again today.” said Team owner, Shane Seneviratne.
Salinas, California (Sunday May 1, 2016) – US RaceTronics’ driver Damon Ockey drove the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary Huracán to victory in Round 2 of the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American Series. The win, along with his second-place finish in Round 1, moves the Canadian driver into first place in his class.
“Today was a great race,” Ockey said. “We started P7 overall. I had a really clean start and was able to make it up to, I think, P4 at one point. I was running strong in my class and when I came in for the pit stop the team got me out perfectly. I had a pretty good lead on the guys in my class, so I was able to just drive a good consistent race to the end and come in P1.”
Antinucci reflected. “Congrats on Damon Ockey on having a really smooth run this weekend; second and first in class and 7th overall today. He proved what we can do and I think we did as well when we had a clear track. I think on average we were a second faster than the leaders, which is not that bad, right? Good promising future for the team and I hope to be a part of it whenever I can.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne was proud of the way the team responded to the successes as well as the adversities of the weekend.
“I couldn’t be happier for Damon and the entire team,” Seneviratne said. “We had a fantastic weekend with the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary car. I think Damon’s a very talented driver and his performance this weekend proved it. Not only was his at the top of his class, he was also consistently competing for an overall podium finish. We had some bad luck with the No. 17, but I’m really pleased with how well the team rallied to repair the damage from Round 1 to make the car competitive for Round 2.” The team’s next opportunity for those podium finishes lies in New York state at the famed Watkins Glen International June 30th through July 3rd. The 3.4-mile road course will provide the perfect setting for US RaceTronics to showcase their abilities.