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Goikhberg Drives Away At Glen For Fourth Win Of Season
Posted by: newsla on Jun 28, 2014 - 07:17 AM
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Goikhberg Drives Away At Glen For Fourth Win Of Season


Mikhail Goikhberg drove to his fourth win in five races this season in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Round 5 race Friday at Watkins Glen International.

 

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Goikhberg, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, led all but a half of a lap the 30-minute race and built almost a five-second lead over the rest of the field on the No. 10 JDC Motorsports entry before the final yellow flag that ended the race.

Masters Podium (from left): Sean Rayhall (accepting on behalf of Enzo Potolicchio), Richard Fant, John Falb

"We are taking it by a race-by-race approach, and it has been working for us," Goikhberg said. "The race was rather uneventful for us, but we will learn some things for tomorrow."

Robert Alon's second place finish at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit was his first podium of the 2014 season in the No. 9 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. Richard Fant grabbed third and first place in the Masters championship in his No. 44 Ferrari of Houston Race Team entry.

"I kept the race car on the track with is always good," Fant said. "And a few guys took themselves out, which I appreciate as long as they didn't get hurt. But I was able to move up and finish third overall and P1 in Masters, so I'm real happy about that."

While Goikhberg controlled the race from the front, for most of the race Andrew Novich and Craig Duerson battled for second. An incident between the two toward the end of the race took them both out of contention, leaving the door open for the rest of the field.


Lites 2 podium (from left): Ludovico Manfredi, Brian Alder.
Ludovico Manfredi was the top Lites 2 finisher in the No. 30 ANSA Motorsports √Član DP02 chassis powered by a Mazda engine after avoiding a crazy first turn and first lap.

"It was hectic at the start, which is probably why I managed to win the race because much of the competition was eliminated around the first corner on the first lap," Manfredi said. "I got hit, too, but for some reason the car was able to continue, and from there on it was pretty uneventful for me. But it's a great track, and it is an honor to be here under any circumstances."

The second race, a 45-minute event, begins at 8:10 a.m. (ET) Saturday, June 28. For live updates, follow @IMSALive on Twitter and at scoring.imsa.com/prototype-lites.

For more information about Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, visit www.imsa.com, follow hashtag #CTPL @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

VIEW: Round 5 Results | Points After Round 5

ROUND 5 POST-RACE QUOTES:

MIKHAIL GOIKHBERG (No. 10 JDC Motorsports, winner): "Overall, we are very happy with the weekend so far. We are taking it by a race-by-race approach, and it has been working for us. The test definitely helped us. The race was rather uneventful for us, but we will learn some things for tomorrow. The only unfortunate thing was that I didn't get to race Sean Rayhall, the 2013 Lites champion."

ROBERT ALON (No. 9 Performance Tech Motorsports, second): "The team just put a great car under me. We didn't have the best qualifying. We got caught in some traffic, and some stuff went down. But the car held up, we stuck to it and had an amazing outcome. I'm excited to land on my first podium of the season."

RICHARD FANT (No. 44 Ferrari of Houston Race Team, third; first, Masters): "The race was good. I had a bad qualifying this morning and started 10th, but I kept the race car on the track, which is always good. A few guys took themselves out, which I appreciate as long as they didn't get hurt. But I was able to move up and finish third overall and P1 in Masters, so I'm real happy about that. I just had to stay present and go one turn at a time and finish the race, which we were able to do today. Looking forward to it tomorrow."

ENZO POTOLICCHIO (No. 4 8Star Motorsports, second, Masters): "I was not supposed to race. Sean Rayhall is coaching another team, and there was a little bit of a conflict of interest and decided not to race. We lost his qualifying position, so I had to start from the back. It was an exciting start, a lot of crashing, but I was able to avoid all of that and finish in second in the Masters and fifth overall. It's a little disappointing. I thought the last yellow was going to go green again, and I was hoping to get two more positions because I caught the guys really fast. It was good. I hadn't run a lap here and just jumped in and said let's go green and figure it out. I enjoy racing with my son (Christian), and he is doing really well this season. We're really happy with his performance, and racing with him is the best thing I've got going now."

JOHN FALB (No. 77 ONE Motorsports, third, Masters): "We had a good race in the ONE Motorsports Cooper Tires Prototype Lites car. We were able to keep our head down and lay some good laps and fortunately stay out of trouble. This may have been my first clean event, so that was one of my goals, and we got that done. My second goal was to be on podium, and we got that done, too."

LUDOVICO MANFREDI (No. 30 ANSA Motorsports, first, Lites 2): "It was hectic at the start, which is probably why I managed to win the race because much of the competition was eliminated around the first corner on the first lap. I got hit, too, but for some reason the car was able to continue, and from there on, it was pretty uneventful for me. But it's a great track, and it is an honor to be here under any circumstances."

BRIAN ALDER (No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports, third, Lites 2): "My race ended early. Unfortunately, we were caught up in that Turn 1 incident. It was a crazy start. We were four- or five-wide down the main straightaway, and I thought I'd be good on the inside. I turned in, a bunch of cars are spinning on the left of me. They started to come across; I went to miss them and got hit on the inside. Unfortunately, it ended our day. The car was good, and the crew guys did a great job putting it back together after our qualifying incident. We'll make a few repairs tonight and be good to go tomorrow."

Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda

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