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Hartanto Continues Win Streak in STL, Qualifies for SCCA Runoffs

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Andrie Hartanto and his Acura Integra resumed the campaign to qualify for the SCCA 2016 Runoffs in the Super Touring Lite (STL) Class this past weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The weekend was filled with activity with two STL races both on Saturday and Sunday, plus a foray into punching well above the Integra’s weight in the STU Class as well.

Hartanto closed out the weekend with two wins, two records and three podiums

Hartanto closed out the weekend with two wins, two records and three podiums

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Andrie Hartanto and his Acura Integra resumed the campaign to qualify for the SCCA 2016 Runoffs in the Super Touring Lite (STL) Class this past weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The weekend was filled with activity with two STL races both on Saturday and Sunday, plus a foray into punching well above the Integra’s weight […]

The Speed SF Challenge Heats Up at Thunderhill West

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The Speed SF made its return to Thunderhill West and its tight, technical layout with its many blind and rapid-fire corners. The Speed SF Challenge session once again evoked strong competition across all classes. Despite a frigid start to the morning, temperatures rapidly increased through the day, making it the warmest event thus far in the 2016 season. Despite the warmer temperatures, lap times in many classes were plenty fast and a few records were broken.

The grid takes shape right before the Speed SF Challenge Session

The grid takes shape right before the Speed SF Challenge Session

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The Speed SF made its return to Thunderhill West and its tight, technical layout with its many blind and rapid-fire corners. The Speed SF Challenge session once again evoked strong competition across all classes. Despite a frigid start to the morning, temperatures rapidly increased through the day, making it the warmest event thus far in […]

Hampered by Illness, Hartanto Starts Last, Finishes First at Thunderhill’s 5-Mile Course

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Continuing his bid to qualify for the 2016 SCCA Runoffs in the Super Touring Lite (STL) Class through the SCCA Majors Tour, Andrie Hartanto encountered a roadblock before setting a tire on the tarmac. Severely limited by illness, Haratanto was unable to take to the track for all of Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway Park’s 5-Mile Course.

“What made matters worse was the fact that qualifying on Saturday was dry,” Hartanto explained. “Sunday’s qualifying conditions were wet and this put us all the way at the very back of the pack in 26th position,” Hartanto lamented as he began strategizing for ways to get his Acura Integra as far up through the pack with as little time as possible.

“We knew we had the pace to run up front, but we had to find a way to get there. Starting in the back is always a challenge and you never know what might happen or how traffic will affect you.” At the start of the race, Hartanto managed to get a solid start and began making moves as soon as the green flag was shown. “Fortunately I was able to make moves early and by end of lap 1 I was already in the top fifteen,”

Hartanto didn’t stop there as he continued to push in expedited fashion. By the end of the second lap he had made his way into the top ten. By the fourth lap, Hartanto had already assumed the STL Class lead and was now gunning for the overall lead.

Hartanto ultimately finished in third overall, but walked away with the STL Class win following a yellow flag finish. Additionally, his fastest lap was quick enough to set the lap record.

It is worth noting that in the first three races of his SCCA Majors campaign, Hartanto has won all three races and set the new track record for all three races as well.

“It is unfortunate, given if there are no yellow at the end of the race, I’m sure I can progress at least one more position or even go for the overall win,” Hartanto admitted. “This is the price of starting in the back. While an overall win has a nice ring to it, it doesn’t get recorded, nor does it affect anything.  The STL Class win is what matters and we are happy to walk away with it.”

Hartanto and Prima Racing will be at Buttonwillow Raceway for the next round of the SCCA Majors Tour before heading up to the Pacific Northwest. “We are on pace to be a front-running contender for the Runoffs. I would even venture to say that we’re one of the favorites,” Hartanto admitted.

Andrie and Prima Racing would like to thank its sponsors for the 2016 season; Supertech Performance,QuickJack Portable Jacks, Rota Wheels, BlackTrax Performance and G-LOC Brakes.

Watch Sunday’s Race video on YouTube HERE

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Hartanto’s strong performance netted him another win and track record

 

Continuing his bid to qualify for the 2016 SCCA Runoffs in the Super Touring Lite (STL) Class through the SCCA Majors Tour, Andrie Hartanto encountered a roadblock before setting a tire on the tarmac. Severely limited by illness, Haratanto was unable to take to the track for all of Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway Park’s 5-Mile […]

The Speed SF Challenge Returns to Laguna Seca and Records Fall

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The Speed SF Challenge returned to Laguna Seca for its most recent round of competition. The Sunday event was part of a two-day weekend event, which gave new drivers the opportunity to practice on Saturday before Sunday’s competition in the Speed SF Challenge session. Light early morning rain and fog threatened to make for tricky conditions, however the racing surface quickly dried up once the sun came out.

Sunday's Speed SF Challenge grid was full of a diverse group of fast drivers and cars

Sunday’s Speed SF Challenge grid was full of a diverse group of fast drivers and cars

In most classes, second and third place were decided by narrow margins, with the first place finisher eclipsing the competition. By the end of the day, a few track records had fallen and plenty of drivers walked away having improved upon their best times.

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The Speed SF Challenge returned to Laguna Seca for its most recent round of competition. The Sunday event was part of a two-day weekend event, which gave new drivers the opportunity to practice on Saturday before Sunday’s competition in the Speed SF Challenge session. Light early morning rain and fog threatened to make for tricky conditions, […]