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SERKET, Llano Charge To First Career Podiums
Posted by: newsla on Jul 15, 2014 - 06:10 AM
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SERKET, Llano Charge To First Career Podiums

SERKET Racing driver Mark Llano picked up the first two podium finishes of his career in Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


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"It has been an unbelievable weekend," Llano said. "I was very excited to get my first podium, let alone add another one in the same weekend, especially at such a tough track like this."

It was Llano's second trip to the historic, fast and challenging track.

"One of my teammates last season described this track as a monkey with a knife," Llano said. "You have to expect the unexpected and be focused every turn of every lap."

The first podium for SERKET Racing came in Round 9 Friday, July 11. After a rough qualifying in the backup car which saw him start 25th overall, former Marine Llano put down consistent laps to make his way through the field. He climbed as high as second in the Gold Masters class before finishing the race in third position.

"It was an unbelievable race," Llano said. "It was tight racing, but it was just incredible. I was able to stay out of some of the trouble other drivers got caught in. NGT and the crew gave me an incredible car, as well. I can't thank them enough."

Llano used the same strategy during the second race Saturday, July 12. After a solid start, he drove his way through the field to gain eight spots to gain his second podium finish and the Yokohama Hard Charger Award, which is given to the driver who gains the most spots from the green flag to the checkered flag.

"It was a great morning and an amazing weekend," Llano said. "The competition is just insane. The car setup was perfect, and the Yokohama tires were just like glue on the track. The more I pushed, the more the tires seemed to grip the track.

"I also have to thank all the fans that came out to support us. I saw a bunch of veterans outside of Turn 5 who had an American flag. They would put it in the air every time we passed by. That just gave me more motivation. I'm very thankful for the series and for all those involved."

SERKET Racing will be back on track Aug. 9-10 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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