Utah Motorsports Campus – Tooele, Utah, USA – Kristian Boodoosingh of San
Fernando, Trinidad made his world debut in the SCCA Pro Racing series at the famed 24-turn 3.048-mile road course in beautiful Utah with a very technical and challenging track. August 12 – 14, 2016 saw Rounds 9 & 10 presented by ENERGY SOLUTIONS.
# 34, Kristian Boodoosingh in the CA Sport/Nissan 370Z finished his practice session 15th overall in a time of 2:10.323 which was 3.402 behind the leader. When it came to qualifications, Boodoosingh qualified the CA Sport Nissan 370Z in 11th overall with an improved lap time of 2:08.474 which was 4.194 behind the pole sitter. Boodoosingh’s teammate, # 3, Vesko Kozarov in the other CA Sport Nissan 370Z qualified 3rd overall.
As round 9 began, in the opening laps, # 3 Vesko Kozarov in the CA Sport Nissan 370Z had a great start as he secured himself in 2nd behind the # 91 of Nick Wittmer of Canada in the Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord V6 who went from 8th to leading within a few laps. This battle remained for many laps before #3, Vesko Kozarov experienced some transmission issues around the midway point of the 40 minutes race and fell down the standings. He was able to make up some ground while these issues were present but, the problems kept getting worse which saw him fall back down the standings.
Meanwhile, #34, Kristian Boodoosingh rocketed up the standings just outside of the top 5 with numerous battles throughout the field especially within the top 10. The # 91 of Nick Wittmer also slid off the track and dropped down the standings before ending up 4th overall. By the time the checkered flag was dropped, # 34 Kristian Boodoosingh placed 7th overall in an impressive debut. The CA Sport driver of Kristian Boodoosingh had a best lap time of 2:08.154(lap 8) during the race and was 34.873 seconds behind race winner, # 2, Adam Poland in the Doghouse Performance Mazda MX-5. Whereas, # 3, Vesko Kozarov in the CA Sport Nissan 370Z finished 15th overall but, did manage the 3rd fastest lap time (2:06.652 on, lap 8) earlier in the race.
Round 10 began with # 34, Kristian Boodoosingh in the CA Sport Nissan 370Z starting in the 9th position in the 5th row whereas, his teammate # 3, Vesko Kozarov in the equally prepared Nissan 370 Z started in 3rd in the 2nd row.
At the drop of the green flag, Boodoosingh made a hard charge towards the front of the pack and was consistently in the top 5 throughout the caution filled race. In fact, there was a late full course caution late in the race which eliminated any chance of Boodoosingh to compete for the overall win. With about 2 minutes remaining in the 40 minute sprint, the green flag was shown. But, # 34, Boodoosingh was able to maintain his 4th position as he ran out of time to move up the standings. However, he was able to improve upon his best lap time on the weekend by clocking a 2:07.921(lap 3).
To put this into perspective, he finished 1.997 seconds behind the eventual winner. The race was won in spectacular fashion by # 5, John A. Weisberg of Webster, New York in the BERG Racing Mazda MX-5 after he made an awesome pass on the last turn of the last lap to snatch victory proving that until the checkered flag is shown a race is still to be won.
The other CA Sport Nissan 370Z of #3, Vesko Kozarov had mechanical issues which affected his overall position as he had to retire. Overall, the SCCA pro racing world debut for Kristian Boodoosingh of San Fernando, Trinidad in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car (TC) class was truly magnificent.
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