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Ockey Takes Victory Sweep With Second Sebring Win
Posted by: newsla on Mar 15, 2014 - 06:35 PM
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Ockey Takes Victory Sweep With Second Sebring Win


Just 24 hours after taking a quiet victory at the season-opening round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series North America, Damon Ockey repeated the feat for Global Motorsports Group with a flag-to-flag win in today’s event.

 

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“It was just a great race,” stated the Canadian. “These cars are such a joy to drive and it’s a very well-presented series. Everyone on the team put out an incredible effort and it’s great to take a second straight win at Sebring. This is the track that everyone wants to win at, and I couldn’t be happier to be part of the heritage.”

Starting from the pole position in the sportsman category of the series, Ockey’s race was fairly uneventful. Setting repeated fastest laps in class, the BYU graduate never put a foot wrong in the No. 88 Lamborghini LP 570-4 taking the victory 45-minutes later without a mark on the car.

Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the other three drivers in the GMG camp.

After setting the fastest time in every practice session and taking the overall pole position for the first race, 19-year old Arnold Palmer suffered a devastating race. Finishing fourth in the previous day’s round due to a small incident, the Chicago native was on a mission to leave Sebring with a commanding victory. Taking the overall lead on just the third lap, Palmer would consistently distance himself by nearly a second a lap over the field, enjoying a massive cushion until a late race caution would allow his competitors to close in.

Unfortunately, during the caution, series officials implemented a stop-and-go penalty for failing to meet the minimum time during his required pit stop. Unable to serve the penalty until the race resumed green flag conditions, Palmer would end up serving the penalty on the last lap, eventually being classified in fifth.

For Tom O’Gara, enjoying his first visit to Sebring, a repeat of the previous day’s podium finish in the sportsman category would not be in the cards. After running his best times of the weekend, a series of foibles with the No. 69 Lamborghini Beverly Hills machine, as well as communication issues with the series, led to a fifth place in class.

“There’s not much more that you can say other than ‘that’s racing,” stated the Californian. “It wasn’t quite the day we were hoping for, but these things happen and we’ll just move on to the next one.”

Finally, Doug Peterson would also suffer from an early retirement electing to retire his No. 33 machine after contact with another car created a series of handling issues.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series will take several weeks off, returning to the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in scenic Monterey, California on May 2-4.

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