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.
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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 […]