- 04 July 2014
Lexington, OH –Daniel Burkett, the up and coming Canadian driver from K-Hill Motorsports, had the quickest times in both practice sessions held on Friday and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Burkett set the fast lap in practice one with a 1:16.775, and then beat his own best time in session two with a 1:16.388. Burkett has been dominating the Atlantic Championship Series season in his red Swift 016 Atlantic car. Look for him to take pole and be have podium finishes in Saturday and Sunday’s events.
Young rival Swift 016 driver, COMPREP’s Ethan Ringel, was second quick in both sessions, setting his personal best lap time also during free practice two. Ringel held the top position for a good portion of the afternoon’s practice before handing it over to Burkett. Ringel’s COMPREP teammate, Matt Miller, had the next quickest time behind Ringel in the first session, and was fourth quick in the latter session.
This is the first time the Atlantic Championship Series has run at Mid-Ohio, so the pole setter from Saturday’s qualifying session will set the track qualifying lap record. Based on times from practice, it could be a close fight for the pole.
Polestar’s Keith Grant, and K-Hill Motorsport’s Conner Kearby, both held top familiar top five positions in the two Atlantic Championship Series practice sessions that were held. Atlantic Creation’s Jimmy Simpson has swapped fast times with Burkett throughout most of the season. During the Mid-Ohio practice day, Simpson held back, but stayed in the top 10.
Lewis Cooper Jr, driving a Swift 014 for Lochmoor Promotions, was the quickest driver in the Atlantic Challenge. He was followed by Swan Racing’s Tyler Hunter, and Company Motorsports’ Conner Burke, both drivers also running Swift 014 Atlantic cars. These three drivers kept their finishing order the same in the morning an afternoon practice sessions. Cooper and Hunter both held times in the top ten of the field during Saturday’s practices and are on pace with many of the Swift 016 cars.
J.R. Smart had an incident in the morning session that caused a black flag. There was enough time in between the practice sessions for him to get his car sorted and get back out on track for session two.
Despite one practice being early in the morning and the other in the mid-afternoon, lap times stayed about the same between sessions. The majority of the field ran 1:17-1:18’s.
Depending on how the Mid-Ohio weekend unfolds for the Atlantic drivers, it is possible for the championship title to be won. There are many combinations of finishing positions and drivers that could have an impact on the overall points standings. Taking into account the one drop each driver will have, it makes it more difficult to guess who might come out top, but with five wins in six races, it seems to be Burkett’s title to lose.
Full results of Friday’s practice session can also be found on the series website www.atlanticchampionshipseries.com
Qualifying for the Atlantic Championship Series begins on Saturday morning at 9:40am local time, followed by Race 1 at 2:10pm.
Practice 2 Results:
|Pos||No.||Name||In Lap||Best Tm||Make/Model||Diff|
|1||4||Daniel Burkett||9||1:16.388||Swift 016 Mazda||-|
|2||49||Ethan Ringel||3||1:17.231||Swift 016A Mazda||+0.843|
|3||40||Keith Grant||19||1:17.253||Swift 016 Mazda||+0.865|
|4||82||Matt Miller||4||1:18.076||Swift 016A Mazda||+1.688|
|5||56||Conner Kearby||10||1:18.650||Swift 016 Mazda||+2.262|
|6||71||Michael Mallinen||17||1:18.732||Swift 016A Mazda||+2.344|
|7||21||Jimmy Simpson||6||1:18.928||Swift 016 Mazda||+2.540|
|8||70||Lewis Cooper, Jr.||14||1:19.152||Swift 014 A Toyota||+2.764|
|9||69||Gaston Kearby||19||1:19.426||Swift 016 Mazda||+3.038|
|10||22||Tyler Hunter||5||1:19.463||Swift 014A Toyota||+3.075|
|11||19||Connor Burke||15||1:20.267||Swift 014 Toyota||+3.879|
|12||11||Dwight Rider||17||1:20.460||Ralt Rt-41 Toyota||+4.072|
|13||66||Richard Zober||11||1:20.567||Swift 016 Mazda||+4.179|
|14||5||Bruce Crockett||3||1:21.016||Swift 014 Toyota||+4.628|
|15||55||John Burke||21||1:21.056||Swift 014 Toyota||+4.668|
|16||17||Bob Corliss||20||1:23.141||Swift 014A Toyota||+6.753|
|17||09||J.R. Smart||21||1:25.019||Swift 014A Toyota||+8.631|
|18||2||Mark Felsen||10||1:25.569||Swift 014 Toyota||+9.181|