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APR Motorsport Has a Top-10 in CTSCC but Bad Timing in Rolex Series at Mid-Ohio

APR Motorsport Has a Top-10 in CTSCC but Bad Timing in Rolex Series at Mid-Ohio

APR Motorsport - Mid-Ohio - 2012

Duo of Norenberg and Hurley Score Team’s Best Result By Finishing Sixth

June 13, 2012 (Lexington, Ohio) – The APR Motorsport team entered Saturday with high hopes for both its Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge teams. For the Rolex Series team, with the Audi R8 Grand-Am driven by Dr. Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke, the hunt was for the team’s first top-10 of the season. After qualifying 11th, Norman would start the car in Saturday’s two hour and forty-five minute race.

Norman’s stint was mostly trouble-free, and he was able to turn over the car in great shape to Dion von Moltke. However, the team encountered bad timing when, shortly after completing their first pitstop, a full course caution came out with Dion von Moltke trapped behind the leading Daytona Prototype car. While von Moltke would be given a wave-by, he was nearly 30 seconds behind the GT field when the race returned to green flag.

A late race caution gave von Moltke the opportunity to close the gap to the GT field, but he was unable to take advantage of a wave-by. Von Moltke would take the checkered flag in 13th position.

“Once again, APR Motorsport gave Jim and me a great car,” said von Moltke. “We had great race pace throughout the entire event but things just did not fall our way, so we could not turn it into the result that the car and team deserved. We will continue to push hard developing our car in the next week and hopefully we will show up to Road America with a great car and turn that into the result we are looking for!”

Earlier in the day, in the EMCO Gears Classic Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, Nate Norenberg and Josh Hurley captured their best result of the year when they drove their no. 161 APR VW GTI to sixth.

APR Motorsport - Mid Ohio - 2012

“It was an up and down weekend,” said Norenberg, who made up ten spots from his starting position of 24th to hand the car over to Hurley in 14th. “Starting 24th I had a lot of work to do but I love those challenges! For a majority of my stint I was sandwiched between two very well known and extremely experience drivers – Gunnar Jeannette and Andy Lally. It was my goal to hold my ground or advance position to prove a point. I made up some solid ground throughout my stint before handing over Josh to take it home. We had a strong car but the competition was also very strong. We had a bobble in the pits but Josh fought his way back into the top-10 with a 6th place finish. A very positive run for us and for APR!”

His teammates would all finish in a line, but unfortunately, several positions behind. Daniel LaRiva and Christian Perez drove the no. 191 APR VW Jetta GLI to 20th, with Juan Alvarez and Juan Pablo Sierra 21st in the no. 131 APR VW Jetta GLI and David Cheng and Aleks Altberg 22nd in the no. 171 APR VW GTI.

The next event will be the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VisitFlorida.com, held in conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The CTSCC race will go green on Friday, June 22, at 6:15 PM ET, with the Rolex Series race starting on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 PM ET.

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