HPA Motorsports and Steve Goldin Racing fielded a two-car Jetta GLI team with Tristan Herbert piloting Car 33 and Jeff Altenburg behind the wheel of Car 43 for the exciting three-race event in Toronto on June 22nd. Coming off Herbert’s win in Utah and Altenburg’s second-place finish at Laguna Seca, the team was prepared for a tight battle over the weekend.
Car 33 struggled throughout practice sessions with some residual fallout from the heavy crash sustained at Laguna Seca. Coupled with a qualifying session that was cut short by a red flag, Car 33 qualified P10. Car 43 was on pace straight off the hauler and qualified P5.
At the start of race one, Herbert went to work on the field from the back of the grid, while Altenburg dove in to challenge the leaders. Running a patient race, Altenburg was able to keep the GLI in the right place to take advantage of errors by the two Hondas ahead of him, and as the white flag came out, he made a brilliant pass on the pole sitter to overtake the MazdaSpeed 3 for the lead and the win.
When the books closed on Race 1, Herbert’s Car 33 managed a sixth-place finish and Altenburg managed the pole for Race 2 by having set the fastest lap of the race. Races 1 and 2 were back-to-back heats separated by a 15-minute pit stop.
The second race kicked off with the same intensity as the first. Altenburg was locked in heavy combat at the front of the pack while Herbert worked the field on his move to the front. Before the second lap concluded, contact among the leaders retired Altenburg’s Car 43 with a broken wheel, driveshaft and control arm. Herbert took over third place after the crash, only to be retired by a fuel delivery issue.
Sunday’s race was cut short before it began when both HPA cars were withdrawn from competition due to technical difficulties. The HPA Goldin team is looking forward to ramping up the cars to bring them back in peak condition for the next event at Mid-Ohio on August 3rd.
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