Burkett Wraps Atlantic Championship Sweep
BRASELTON, Ga. – The second and final race of the 2014 inaugural weekend for the Atlantic Championship Series at Road Atlanta saw Canadian Daniel Burkett, driving a K-Hill Motorsports’ Atlantic Car, turn his second pole position into a second win in dominating fashion.
Next to him on the podium was K-Hill teammate Conner Kearby, who finished second, and Polestar’s Keith Grant in third.
“That was spectacular today, to win by 20 seconds, the car has to be perfect, and K-Hill gave me a perfect car,” Burkett said.
Burkett backed up his Saturday performance with a huge gap to win on Sunday, following a track record 1:16-flat lap around Road Atlanta to take pole on Sunday morning in his Swift 016/Mazda.
“I hope that record stands for a while,” he added.
Multiple battles for positions among the field were seen during race two. Conner Kearby worked his way up from his fourth place qualifying position to second very quickly during the opening laps. From there he battled throughout the race with Grant and Ringel.
“I got a great start and a good draft to get into second. After that it was about consistently and Keith (Grant) was in my mirrors the entire way,” Kearby said.
Kearby pulled away and Jimmy Simpson, in an Atlantic Creations car, joined the ongoing battle between Grant and Ringel for third place, running nose to tail. Towards the end of the race, Grant pulled away from the other two and tightened the gap between himself and Kearby to contest second place.
Grant, in a Swift 016/Mazda, made his second appearance on the Atlantic Championship Series podium in two days, taking the third step, as he did on Saturday’s race.
“I had a good race running with Conner (Kearby). He got past me early but I was able to stay with him and challenged him a few times. It was a good clean race there with him and also Jimmy Simpson”, explained Grant.
Ethan Ringel of COMPREP, who was unable to finish Saturday’s race, kept a tight pace and consistently set faster laps throughout the race, finishing in fourth. Ringel was the only car besides Burkett lapping in the 1:17 range at Road Atlanta.
Simpson, who was on the podium on Saturday with a second place effort for Atlantic Creations, settled into fifth place.