WRPM 2018 Race Update
Two podium finishes for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia  May 12-13, 2018 – Virginia International Raceway Alton, Virginia Round two of the ITS SARRC Championship series was held at Virginia International Raceway with Willie Phee finishing third in the Saturday and Sunday races. Qualifying for each race was held in the morning with the race the same afternoon.  In Saturday qualifying Phee would end up eight on the grid. “Qualifying was a bit difficult as this was the first race for me this season and with a 52 car field it was tough to get a clear lap,” said Phee. At the start of race one Phee would get a jump and move into fifth by turn two and into fourth by turn 11.  Phee would maintain fourth for a couple of laps but would get pushed back to sixth on lap four. Phee would move back into fourth on lap eight and eventually move into third at the finish.  The margin over fourth place at the line was 3/100th of a second. “That was the most intense race I’ve ever been in.  The top six cars were nose to tail for the entire race. With such a big field, I knew lapped traffic would come into play.  It hurt me early in the race when I dropped back to sixth but it ended up helping me at the end as I was able to keep in contact with the leaders and make a last lap pass for third” said Phee. Video of race one can be seen here:  https://youtu.be/L199ZSJTuao Qualifying for Sunday’s race would be much better for Phee as he would better his time from Saturday by nearly two seconds.  His time would put him third on the grid for Sunday’s race. Phee would get another great start and move into second in turn one and into the lead with another great pass into turn 11.  Phee would start to pull away as the send and third place cars battled, however a full course caution on lap three would bunch the field up. “My plan on the restart was to bring the field to the start fairly slowly and try to use the power of the TSX to get a gap going into turn one.  Unfortunately, I was in fourth gear instead of second at the restart and the pack got a run on me going into turn one”. Phee would drop one position in turn one another position in turn three and would eventually end up in third position at the finish.  “Towards the middle of the race the brakes started going away and the car was really difficult to get stopped going into turn one.  After the race the team inspected the pads and both of the front brake pad material cracked and separated from the backing plates”.  “As usual the OPM crew did a great job of keeping the car dialed in all weekend.” The next race is the Round three ITS SARRC Championship series scheduled for June 9-10, 2018 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy Angie Phee and Bob Casullo
May 12-13 , 2018 – Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia
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