WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Daniel Burkett, the young Canadian K-Hill Motorsports driver, claimed his fourth straight Atlantic Championship Series win on Sunday at Watkins Glen Int’l.
He was able to keep his perfect finish record, but was not able to grab a fourth straight pole position, starting second behind Comprent Motor Sports’ Jimmy Simpson.
Due to some mechanical issues, 20 of the 22 Atlantic cars at The Glen took the green flag for Sunday’s race. The morning qualifying session was truncated due to a blown engine that dumped oil on the track. Simpson and Burkett swapped the pole position and the track record multiple times during the qualifying session, but Simpson ended up setting a new qualifying track record by laying down a 1:40.866.
This weekend was Burkett’s first time at Watkins Glen Int’l.
“Coming in here I knew it would be more difficult than Road Atlanta, we would have to be on our game. We knew Jimmy would be fast here with his past experience,” explained Burkett.
Simpson was able to hold the lead for a few corners, but was overtaken by Burkett on the inner loop of the track. Simpson held tight onto his draft behind the three-time race winner, attempting to prevent him from getting a run on the field. Simpson ended the race taking the second step on the podium.
“We went about the setup differently here, looking for straight speed instead of corner speed, it was a little bit hairy to hang the thing out. I was more than content to get second instead of stuffing it into a wall trying to get first,” said Simpson.
Ethan Ringel, Conner Kearby and Gaston Kearby completed the top five.