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Alton, VA (May 1, 2017).– It was a mixed nuts weekend for ST Racing. Nick Wittmer scored a podium finish for ST Racing in the first PWC race of the weekend at Virginia International Raceway. But, the second race was another story.
Both ST Racing drivers, Samantha Tan and Nick Wittmer worked hard during the first weekend of the season and both agreed that driving their new car, the BMW M235iR was an absolute pleasure. ST Racing is a new Team, with a great crew, led by well-known Team Manager Ben Distaulo.
For Samantha Tan, the weekend started a little late, as she missed the first test session on Friday due to academic commitments at University of California Irvine. And, even though, she had been up since 4:00 am to fly to Virginia and get to the track on Friday, she still managed to do well in practice.
Tan’s teammate, Nick Wittmer, drove both ST Racing cars during the shakedown on Friday morning, to help prepare both cars for the afternoon practice.
Saturday’s qualifying for Race 1 was tough as the session was shortened with a red flag, and drivers could have used a few more laps to improve their lap times. After starting 7th in Race 1, Nick Wittmer captured 3rdplace, earning a first podium finish for ST Racing. A huge crash around half-way through the race caused a red flag, and by the time the re-start happened, there wasn’t enough time for Tan to fight her way up the field. She finished in 21st position and admitted that when she saw the crash, it rattled her.
Race 2 on Sunday was an eventful race for both ST Racing drivers. Just a little more than half-way through the race, Nick Wittmer took the lead, and a few laps later, he was taken out by a competitor who turned into him at the end of the back straight. Wittmer rolled the car at 200mph. Thankfully, Wittmer was not injured, but he was definitely not happy. Samantha Tan also had her share of woes, as a competitor drove her off the track at Turn 2. A full-course yellow came out, and the race was checkered early under caution.