Video: Rob Harper wins the USTCC 2020 Season Opener on AP Racing Radi-CALs09.03.2020
Driver Rob Harper of Red Panther Motorsports clinched victory in Round 1 of the US Touring Car Championship at Buttonwillow Raceway, running our AP Racing by Essex Radi-CAL Competition Brake Kit on his Z06. Quick off the line, Rob almost immediately seized the lead. Shortly after he missed a shift to lose the lead, only to regain it after some in-close dicing with a BMW. Read his post-race thoughts below, and watch the entire race from inside the cockpit!
Rob Harper – Post Race Statement
What a weekend! We battled some opening round technical, causing me to miss valuable track time on Saturday. Qualifying was mediocre and I managed only a P4 out of a 20 something car grid. I knew I had my work cut out with some very fast drivers around me. The start would be crucial and I perfectly managed the wheel spin for a blistering start, quickly moving into the lead. From there, it was ‘pedal to the metal’ building a lead that later in the race helped me manage an overheating LS7 engine. Ecstatic to have overcome adversities and winning overall as well as the GT class.
Red Panther Motorsport and its crew did a fantastic job all weekend and we rounded up a great team result with teammates Reto Baumann in ST and Gary Trudeau in TC both bringing home 2nd places.