EVEN A DRIVE THROUGH PENALTY COULD NOT STOP THE COMPASS RACING MCLAREN GT3 TEAM FROM WINNING THE RACE
Kuno Wittmer was a happy man in Victory Lane this afternoon after winning the 4-hour race with teammate Paul Holton. “The season could not start in any better way than with a win here at Daytona!”
The winners of the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge celebrated their victory in the Gatorade Victory Lane.
This is the fourth win at Daytona for Kuno who won the Rolex 24 in the GTD Class back in 2015. The Rolex 24 is obviously at the top of the list but this one feels pretty special.”
“Everyone at Compass Racing worked really hard all weekend to prepare the McLaren GT3”, Kuno continued. “There were a lot of yellows during the race and we managed our stops effectively.”
Only a couple of incidents during the course of the race for the team. “Right at the start, we encountered an electronic glitch with our stability control system. It did affect the car’s handling slightly as it behaved quite differently especially around the braking zones and corner entry.”
“And then, I received a drive-through penalty for jumping a re-start. At the time, we were in fourth. When my spotter gave me the green light, I went for it but it seems the other guys at the front were still brake checking. So, by passing opponent to early, we received that penalty which put us back in 30th. But we fought through and came out with the win!”
Asked about how it feels to be on the podium again at Daytona, Kuno was all smile. “I knew we had a great car with the McLaren GT3 Compass Racing had prepared. I was expecting a podium, yes. Coming out with a win is just great!”
The next race for Kuno is going to be the second round of the Michelin Pilot Challenge at Sebring International Raceway on March 13-16.
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