Daytona, FL – November 16, 2015 – Daytona International Speedway hosted the twelfth and final round of the 2015 Trans Am Series Championship with Bullet Liner the headline sponsor. Under a hot Florida sun, Burtin Racing drivers Claudio Burtin and Martin Ragginger hit the high banks of this iconic circuit last weekend for the feature race, the Trans Am Bullet Liner 100.
Burtin Racing’s Corvette C7.R made its debut at Daytona International Speedway at the end of the 2014 Trans Am season when Claudio Burtin piloted the Corvette then to an impressive fourth place finish, drawing on his experience competing in the Rolex 24 Hour. It’s a circuit Burtin is very familiar with and a place where he’s crafted his sports car racing skills. Understandably, the team’s sights were set on a podium finish this time around.
The Burtin Racing team worked tirelessly since arriving at this historic race track preparing the No. 7 Bullet Liner Corvette C7.R and making numerous changes to the car’s configuration to suit the fastest track on the 2015 Trans Am circuit. Despite challenges in the final setup, Burtin displayed a sterling effort during the 20-minute qualification session and was able to lock in a seventh place starting position for the main event.
When the green flag dropped, the No. 7 Bullet Liner Corvette C7.R was on a fierce attack from the start of the 75-minute race. The speed and precision Burtin displayed gave the team a promising early position while he roped in the early laps of the race. However on just the fourth lap, a devastating mechanical issue with the clutch put Burtin out of the race. The Corvette was unable to complete, robbing the team of a chance to repeat last season’s Top 5 finish. A clearly disappointed Burtn was magnanimous in the face of a situation totally beyond his control.
“We started the week off in Daytona with mechanical issues with the car – since the very first session on the track,” said Claudio Burtin, Team Driver and Principal. “My crew and engine builder have put in so much time and effort doing great work developing this car and it really did feel better than ever driving the Corvette out here this weekend. We couldn’t have done much more, but we had some parts fail and that really hurt our race this weekend. We will regroup and look forward to competing next year and coming back even stronger.”
That’s not the end of the Burtin Racing story for this weekend though. The No. 47 Porsche 997 GT3 Burtin Racing FOAMETIX entry of Martin Ragginger qualified sixth in the TA3I class in spite of a red flag during Friday’s qualification session depriving Ragginger of a completed competitive lap time. Ragginger was the fastest in the practice sessions and had been aiming to secure the pole position but no avail.
The No. 47 Porsche was forced to start the event in the 55th position in the field and with a record breaking 67 racecars on the track – comprising of four classes competing at the same time – progress was always going to be difficult.
However, the Austrian Martin Ragginger put his extensive Porsche road racing experience to work at Daytona International Speedway at the Bullet Liner 100 by flawlessly clawing his way through the field to put the him in the Top 10 finish overall. Passing literally dozens of cars, Ragginger won the TA3I class in an impressive fashion, breaking the track record in class with a 1:52.718 lap time. The first place finish by Martin Ragginger in the No. 47 Porsche 997 GT3 in the TA3I class was a terrific victory for the Burtin Racing team.
“I knew when I came here for this race the car had not competed in two years but when I got in it, it felt familiar and it felt great,” said Martin Ragginger, Team Driver and Analyst. “Thank you to Claudio Burtin and Bullet Liner for having me here in Daytona this weekend with you. If you notice the racing in Trans Am you know it’s growing and people are paying attention which makes racing here such a good experience for me.”
“This being Accella Corporation and the Bullet Liner brands first year sponsoring the Trans Am 100 Championship we are truly honored to be hosting such a wonderful event that highlights excellence,” said David Wachter, Senior Marketing Manager. “Being in the Industry for over 30 years to provide high performance materials to the automotive industry we know first-hand the team work, dedication and focus it takes to perform at such high level. We thank all of the automotive professionals and fans that came out to experience and support this years championship. Bullet Liner is committed to excellence and professionalism to our customers and the industry. We hope that everyone enjoyed the Bullet Liner Trans Am Championship Weekend and hope to see you all again at next year!”
The Bullet Liner Championship Weekend, the final round of the 2015 Trans Am Championship, will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
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