Sebring, FL – March, 7 2016 – The Trans Am Championship officially set off sparks this weekend at Sebring International Raceway with the start of the 2016 season. This year marks a historical 50 year anniversary milestone for one of the most popular and iconic sports car racing series in America.
Burtin Racing entered the weekend strong with the No. 7 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. During the off season winter months, the team moved their racing headquarters to Alpharetta, GA and have balanced the relocation with the necessary improvements to the race car for the 2016 season. Despite a few mishaps in the Trans Am Fast Five qualifications, driver Claudio Burtin was still able to wrangle a top-10 starting spot for the feature 100-mile race.
“My crew did a great job putting the car back together after a failure on a dampener which grounded the power steering rack until it failed,” said Claudio Burtin, team principal and driver. “We were able to make some gains with the spring and shock package. Our JRI shocks are trying to tame the harsh bumps around Turn 17 and it looks like things are coming together as the weekend progresses for us.”
Burtin’s optimism was rewarded as the Trans Am Championship main event got underway on Saturday with pristine racing conditions. The No. 7 Burtin Racing Corvette C7.R had an excellent start at the green flag and began working up the field with quick race lap times and steady maneuvering. Claudio Burtin had his sights set on the front of the pack and was making gains and coming up fast.
When the dust cleared it was a successful run for Claudio Burtin putting the No. 7 Corvette C7.R on the podium to celebrate an impressive third place finish and a career best for the team in the Trans Am Championship.
“The start to the race was really good but I was a bit aggressive entering Turn 7 and there was contact that resulted in cutting my front splitter,” said Claudio Burtin. “I kept pushing on and discovered shortly in to the race that our gamble on the shock change didn’t work out in our favor. Sebring is our most physically and mechanically challenging track on the circuit so I am just overjoyed that we were able to capture my first podium here this weekend. Congrats to Kenny Bupp on his win and we look forward to Round 2 at our home track Road Atlanta.”
In total, Trans Am saw 78 cars take the green flag in two races this weekend, setting an event record for the Series.
The 2016 Trans Am Championship will continue with Round 2 at Road Atlanta, Sunday April 10th.
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