ALTON, Virginia (August 24, 2015)- Despite setting several quick laps including a second-place qualifying effort, Brian Wong and World Stage Racing would have their Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America weekend cut short due to an incident during Saturday’s Race Two. With extensive damage to several components of the car, the O’Gara Motosport team would elect to sit the rest of the weekend out due to a variety of concerns.
“It’s difficult because we were really hoping this could be a good weekend for us, but that’s just how it can go,” stated Wong. “Tom and everyone at O’Gara Motorsport work really hard to keep our car prepared and ready, and sometimes incidents happen. Tom was driving really well and setting some quick times, it’s a rough track and he was doing extremely well. Hopefully we’ve got all of our bad luck behind us for the year.”
Driving the No. 69 GT Channel Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2, hope was high headed into the weekend. Driving at the scenic VIRginia International Raceway located in Southern Virginia, the long straights and fast corners provide a unique challenge, with the high down force and power of the Lamborghini providing for a very fast lap at the circuit. Driving in the Pro-Am category, Wong would be teamed with O’Gara Motorsport team owner Tom O’Gara.
During Saturday’s Race One, the team would start on pole position thanks to an incredible qualifying lap set by Wong, with the team electing to have O’Gara start the race. With an unusually long series of green flags taking place during Race One, O’Gara would do his best to match the pace of the field in front of him, turning several consistent laps before his required drive time would elapse and he would hand over to Brian. With Wong in the car, all eyes were on the field in front of him, however as the laps continued, the challenge for a podium seemed simply too distant with Brian eventually taking the checkered flag in fourth.
With the next round taking place just six hours later, run as a make-up race due to a rainout during the Watkins Glen International event, the attention for the team was focused on podium redemption. Unfortunately, just a few laps in, O’Gara while racing very competitively with the field around him, Tom would suffer an off-course incident while running hard with several other cars, running off the track and causing extensive damage to the car and resulting in an early end.
After further evaluation, the O’Gara Motorsport team would elect to retire the car for the rest of the weekend, requiring additional time to fix and repair the car to compete safely.
While an abrupt end to the weekend for Wong and World Stage Racing, the height of their racing season is only just beginning. With a pending announcement on an event this coming weekend, the stage will be set for one of the biggest races in the 26-year-old’s career.