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Atapattu Finishes Fourth and Fifth in Watkins Glen Doubleheader

Atapattu Finishes Fourth and Fifth in Watkins Glen Doubleheader

30.06.2019: Ron Atapattu of Miami was as high as second in the LB Cup class during Saturday morning's IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American series race at Watkins Glen International

Ron Atapattu of Miami was as high as second in the LB Cup class during Saturday morning's IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American series race at Watkins Glen International due to his pit stop strategy, and he was in line for a third-place finish until just 12 minutes remained in the 50-minute contest.



The popular driver of the elephantea/ShipOCI Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO No. 24 had several stirring battles, no altercations, and ended up with his best finish of the young season to date when he crossed the finish line in fourth place in the evenly-matched field that included three IndyCar drivers (Paul Tracy, Bruno Junqueira and Conor Daly) and a supercross legend, Chad Reed.



Atapattu had a more challenging experience in the first half of the doubleheader on Friday through no fault of his own, but he still had a top-five result of fifth.



Atapattu uses racing to market his elephantea, a premium Ceylon tea company, and wild elephant conservation awareness programs through his eTeaRacing effort. He is particularly involved in the elephant conservation programs in his native Sri Lanka. His car is fielded by US RaceTronics of Monrovia, Calif.



Atapattu started sixth in class on Saturday morning, and in the early going it was nose-to-tail for fourth, fifth and sixth in class between Jonathan Hirshberg, Matt Dicken and Atapattu.


 

Ron Atapattu, driver of the No. 24 elephantea Lamborghini




Dicken and Atapattu rose to first and second in class, respectively, on lap 12 with 23 minutes to go due to pit stops by other drivers after a full-course caution from laps nine through 11. The caution came out after a crash by young McKay Snow at the exit of the Bus Stop.



There was some juggling of positions due to those pit stops, but Atapattu ran in third place on lap 13 and again on laps 15 and 16 before he backed off when his tires started to go. Ashton Harrison went by him on lap 17 with 12 minutes remaining in the race to push him to fourth.



Atapattu's fastest race lap was a 1:55.490 (105.983 miles per hour) on lap 15 while he was third, sandwiched between Randy Sellari and Dicken.



He was gaining on Sellari in the late going and Sellari had some contact with another driver but remained too far ahead for Atapattu to rise any higher in the standings. Atapattu was a whopping 17.201 seconds ahead of the fifth-place finisher, Dicken, at the checkered.



"It was a good race," Atapattu said afterwards. "We had a lot of fights from start to finish. Towards the end, the last 10 minutes of the race or so, the rear of my car was loose as the tires were wearing. Talking with all the guys it seems everybody had the same issue. So, I had to be a little more cautious about corners, but overall the car ran very well.



"I wish I was able to pass one or two more and get on the podium, but it was a good race and we were contending for a podium finish. The car is hot and all throughout it was a constant battle in today's race, but I'm really look forward to the next one."





Friday was hotter than Saturday at Watkins Glen in more ways than just the air temperature.



After starting sixth for Friday's race with a qualifying time of 1:55.870, Atapattu immediately passed Jeffrey Cheng for fifth on the first lap.

 


He was registering consistent laps and had safely passed Tracy's co-driver, William Hubbell, when the latter hit him on lap seven and Atapattu spun out. Atapattu pitted and was able to resume racing in sixth place, but his hopes for a podium finish were dashed due to the contact.



"This driver was driving in the middle of the track. I was very patient, then I passed him, and he came right across and hit me in the front," he said of the incident. "It spun my car out. I got it restarted after several tries, but I could not get speed. I had to come into the pits and have the crew reset the fuel shut-off system. Then it was fine. It's disappointing because I feel we would have had a podium finish."



Atapattu didn't stop trying. He moved up to fifth when Dicken pitted and dropped out with 11 laps complete. Atapattu's pit stop with 18:36 to go went smoothly.



Atapattu's fastest race lap on Friday was once again on lap 15. This time it was 1:56.326 (105.221 mph), which was faster than the best lap of the driver who finished fourth, Cheng's co-driver, Hirshberg, but Atapattu ended up fifth in the final rundown due to the laps lost earlier due to the altercation.



The races supported the IMSA Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.



Highlights of both races will be broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, July 10 from 6-7 p.m. Eastern time.



The next doubleheader is at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Aug. 3-4.






Barbara J. Burns, photos Lamborghini


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30.06.2019 / MaP

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