IMSA Proto: The Wulver Racing team clinches the title with their #60 Ligier JS P320!
29 - 30 September 2022 - The Wulver Racing team and their #60 Ligier JS P320 ended their year in a blaze of glory in the IMSA Prototype Challenge at Road Atlanta. The team, which has dominated throughout almost the whole season, added a fourth victory to their laurels that helped them clinch the championship title. #54 run by MLT Motorsports, winner of the 2021 title, finished on the third step of the podium.
The final race of the 2022 IMSA Prototype Challenge took place on the Road Atlanta circuit. Among the 15 LMP3s entered were 10 Ligier JS P320s ready to go at it hammer and tongs to bag the last victory of the season. They were led by #60 run by Wulver Racing (Tonis Kasemets) which has made a big impact this year due to their performances putting the American squad in first place in the overall ratings thanks to three wins in four races!
Estonian driver Tonis Kasemets sealed the final pole position in the championship at the wheel of the #60 Ligier JS P320 with a lap in 1:16.326s. The previous day the gentleman driver also topped the time sheets in free practice in 1:16.180s.
The start of the race was given on Friday 30th September early on in the morning. Even though Kasemets was overtaken on the first lap second time round he had caught and repassed his rival to retake the lead. From then on none of his pursuers could topple him from first place. After almost 1h30m racing and 57 laps the #60 Ligier JS P320 scored its fourth win of the season with almost seven seconds in hand over the rest of the field. Into third came #54 run by MLT Motorsports (Jason Rabe and Corey Lewis), the #77 car entered by US RaceTronics (Brian Thienes and Patrick Kujala) followed by #44 Ave Motorsports with GRS (Tony Ave and Kaz Grala). #30 run by Jr III Racing (Ari Balogh and Nolan Siegel) set the fastest lap in the race in a time of 1:16.155s.
Wulver Racing's season finished in a blaze of glory with five races, five podiums, four victories and the 2022 championship title in the IMSA Prototype Challenge! Tonis Kasemets was thrilled by his prize: “Truly this is, I think, the only one professional championship I've ever won. To do it right now on this stage with this group of people, it's unbelievable, it's mega. It's a very special day for all of us.” The 48-year-old driver took the opportunity to thank the Wulver Racing team: “Maybe we look small but we are really deep,” Kasemets said of his team. “The only people who could have beat us this weekend would have been us. We tried to execute, tried to make sure all the nuts and bolts were tight and just run a solid pace.“
Thus ends the 2022 chapter of the IMSA Prototype Challenge. Next year, the Ligier JS P320s will race in the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge, a new championship combining LMP3s and GT4s.
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