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Goikhberg Drives One Step Closer To Title with Victory at Road America
Posted by: newsla on Aug 09, 2014 - 06:31 PM
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Goikhberg Drives One Step Closer To Title with Victory at Road America


Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda championship leader Mikhail Goikhberg drove one step closer to his quest to win the 2014 championship Saturday morning at Road America.

 

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Goikhberg, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, mastered his way around the historic 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports car, claiming his sixth win in nine races this season.

The victory in the 30-minute sprint came amid multiple incidents and two full-course caution periods.

"The race had a lot of yellow flags today," Goikhberg said. "I was afraid we might not finish and had championship points on my mind. We had the pace to pass the cars in front of us without putting ourselves at high risk. It's great to get a win, and I'm looking forward to finishing the weekend on a high note tomorrow in Race 2."

8Star Motorsports' Christian Potolicchio and Performance Tech Motorsports' Hayden Duerson followed Goikhberg to the checkered in second and third place, respectively, in the Lites 1 class.

Just 2.823 seconds separated the top three overall finishers in the frantic race.

Todd Slusher, from Las Vegas, stood atop the Lites 2 podium after earning his first career victory in the No. 62 ONE Motorsports entry.

"We had to navigate around a lot of debris and cars going off track, but once we got through it I said, 'OK, now it's time to go driving,'" Slusher said. "I just kept my head down, and between the various yellows I managed to get some decent lap times. Not great but good enough to keep me in the lead. I'm happy. It's my first win this season, so it's pretty cool."

Lites 2 championship leader Brian Alder finished second in the class in his No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports entry, followed by Ludovico Manfredi of ANSA Motorsports.

Craig Duerson of Performance Tech Motorsports stood on the top of the podium in the Masters category (drivers age 40 and older), followed by Don Yount of Yount Motorsports and Joel Janco of Performance Tech Motorsports. It was the first podium finish of the season for Janco.

The green flag for Round 10 at Road America will drop at 8:05 a.m. (CT). For live updates on the 45-minute sprint, follow @IMSALive on Twitter. For live timing, visit scoring.imsa.com/prototype-lites.

ROUND 9 POST-RACE QUOTES:

MIKHAIL GOIKHBERG (No. 10 JDC Motorsports, first):
"The race had a lot of yellow flags today. I was afraid we might not finish and had championship points on my mind. We had the pace to pass the cars in front of us without putting ourselves at high risk. It's great to get a win, and I'm looking forward to finishing the weekend on a high note tomorrow in Race 2. I want to congratulate Andrew (Novich) on his pole for this race, and Hayden (Duerson) is running up front each weekend starting to give us a run for our money."

CHRISTIAN POTOLICCHIO (No. 2 8Star Motorsports, second):
"Today's race was amazing. I started fourth but kept pace with the leaders and managed to climb to second. I'm really happy with 8Star Motorsports because we had a big crash our first day here at Road America. They repaired the car and helped me get out there to get back on track to earn this podium finish."

HAYDEN DUERSON (No. 39 Performance Tech Motorsports, third):
"It was a great race. We started third. After the first lap, we were leading, and I maintained the lead for most of the race throughout what was very hectic, as there were accidents almost every turn. After the first restart we were still first. Another accident happened on that lap, and Mikhail (Goikhberg) was able to get me in Turn 1, and Christian (Potolicchio) got me in Turn 5 after that. I got a little ambitious and tried to pass, and it didn't work, and by then they were able to gap me. We finished third, and that's very good for us, and we hope to be there tomorrow."

CRAIG DUERSON (No. 27 Performance Tech Motorsports, fourth; first, Masters):
"I didn't get a great qualifying yesterday because I had some engine issues, but I had a good-handling car, so I knew going into the race I should be fast. I've had some experience here, so I just paced myself and picked off people as I could. The full-course yellows didn't help a lot. There was quite a bit of banging going on out there that somehow we need to stop. Overall the front-runners ran a very clean race. Hats off to Mikhail (Goikhberg) and Christian (Potolicchio) and Hayden (Duerson) and (Andrew) Novich. We all drove each other clean, which made for a good, clean race."

DON YOUNT (No. 28 Yount Motorsports, second, Masters): "We had a mechanical issue yesterday in qualifying, which meant that we had to start last in 25th. Starting that far back, it feels great to end on the podium. There was a lot of carnage out there, but I had a great time. For tomorrow, it's important to remember slow in, fast out through each of the corners."

JOEL JANCO (No. 25 Performance Tech Motorsports, third, Masters): "The race was very exciting today in Road America. We've worked very hard all year at Performance Tech Motorsports, and we finally got our first podium today. There were many on-track incidents today, and I definitely had some contact out there. Luckily it didn't cause any lasting damage, and we were able to finish."

TODD SLUSHER (No. 62 ONE Motorsports, winner, Lites 2): "We had to navigate around a lot of debris and cars going off track, but once we got through it I said, 'OK, now it's time to go driving. I just kept my head down, and between the various yellows I managed to get some decent lap times. Not great, but good enough to keep me in the lead. I'm happy. It's my first win this season, so it's pretty cool."

BRIAN ALDER (No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports, second, Lites 2): "We didn't have a very good start. There was an incident in Turn 1, and we went to avoid some cars and got hit and spun around, so we ended up at the back of the grid. Luckily we got a yellow and could catch up on the restart. On the second restart, we were able to move into second position, and from there we were able to hold on and finish second. We had good pace, and we're looking forward to tomorrow."

LUDOVICO MANFREDI (No. 30 ANSA Motorsports, third, Lites 2): "That was a very eventful, hectic race. There were several full-course yellows and a lot of debris on the track. On the last lap, I started losing my brakes, and in the Canada Corner I lost them completely and had a spin. That lost me second position on the final lap."

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