Burtin Delivers Top Five Result at Trans Am Finale in Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL – November 15, 2016 – A record-breaking weekend at Daytona International Speedway saw the 50th Anniversary Trans Am season finish on a high for Claudio Burtin and the No. 7 GoShare Corvette with a terrific fourth place finish in the final event of the 2016 calendar.
Great weather greeted the teams at the historic Florida Speedway, and while the Trigon Trophy and the Championship itself had slipped away from Burtin this year, there was still everything to play for at Daytona and with one eye on next season. Following an excellent third place finish on the podium of the opening at Sebring, and fifth place at Watkins Glen, the fight for the championship had been harder to come by in the second half of the season. Engine reliability and mechanical issues prevented Burtin from a run at the title trophy.
Burtin Racing went into the weekend with a healthy 164 points, a testament to the dedication and teamwork of the Georgia-based outfit. The No. 7 GoShare Corvette C7.R was prepped in Daytona trim with the blue and black GoShare theme. Expectations of a top ranking finish were very much in the cards at a circuit where the team has traditionally produced strong results.
Burtin was quick on pace and in the top five after the Trans Am practice session on Friday morning. Out on the track to follow was one-shot qualifications, the GoShare Corvette suffered a punctured tire and was restricted to just three laps. It was a stellar clean save from having any contact on track and a position of sixth was awarded to start the Trans Am 100 race on Saturday.
In the race, Burtin had his hands full defending positions and finding passing opportunities to advance in the 70-minute sprint race. Burtin used his knowledge of the track to pick his way through the field for an outstanding fourth place result. This awarded a top-ten finish in the championship with a final placement of eighth overall of over 31 cars.
Team owner and driver Claudio Burtin summed up a season and the Daytona weekend,” Congratulations to Amy and Ruman Racing on a second championship. I feel for Paul Fix coming so close and to lose by way out of his control is hard to swallow but part of racing. PME racing engines and Tony Ave Racing supplies five out of six of the top winning racecars in the championship – a completely dominate 2016. We suffered from blistered tires and an over heating gearbox but I am grateful for the top five and my crew’s efforts at Daytona.”
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Burtin Racing will be back for 2017 and a competitive season is once again anticipated.