Gore charged to the victory in Round Seven and started from the pole in Round Eight
Comprent Motor Sports captured back-to-back series wins with Jonathan Gore’s victory in race one of the Mid-Ohio doubleheader. (Photo: Darren Pierson-DPerceptions)
ATHENS, GA. (August 10, 2011) – Comprent Motor Sports extended its Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship win streak to two over the weekend (August 5-6), scoring a superb win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jonathan Gore charged from the middle of the pack to capture the victory in Round Seven. Starting P1 in a wet Round Eight, the talented veteran was caught out by the tricky conditions early on, but recovered to finish a strong fifth. With his second win of the season, the Comprent Motor Sports standout rises to third in the title fight.
Comprent Motor Sports entered the fourth event on the Prototype Lites Championship calendar riding a wave of confidence, following a runner-up finish and first win of 2011 at the most recent doubleheader in Canada. Given the technical nature of the Mid-Ohio road course, the goal was to build on this momentum by steadily working on the vital car setup during the promoter’s test day and lone practice run. While progress was continually made, both the driver and skilled Comprent crew were unable to get the desired speed come qualifying, resulting in Gore earning a row three starting position via the sixth best time around the 2.25-mile track.
Gore, however, remained upbeat entering race one of the combined American Le Mans Series/IndyCar Series doubleheader, confident the Georgia-based squad would give him a car capable of charging to the front. That confidence was well placed, as immediately upon the green flag waving, the Tennessee racer vaulted up to third, within striking distance of the leader. Gore promptly displayed the racecraft of a potential champion, not only working his way around the P2 racer, but also used traffic to pass for the lead. Once out front, the No. 14 Comprent Motor Sports entry never looked back, streaking away to a comfortable eighth second win.
With back-to-back Lites wins now in the record books, Comprent Motorsports was excited to run race two of the Mid-Ohio weekend. Mother Nature decided to add some drama to the Round Eight affair, as a torrential rain shower prior to the race made the track very wet. Gore, thanks to the fastest lap in race one, led the Prototype Lites field to the green flag when the action did get underway late in the day. While the clear track ahead initially played to the Comprent racer’s advantage, he was caught out by the slick conditions prior to the completion of lap one. Sliding off-course but not damaging his car, he rejoined the action at the rear of the field. Regularly posting the first or second fastest race laps upon getting back on-course, Gore charged all the way back to fifth place when the checkered flag waved.
Comprent Motor Sports’ continued chase for Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship supremacy resumes on August 19-20, with Rounds Nine and Ten at Road America. Gore travels to the famed Wisconsin road course third in the point standings.
Additional information on Comprent Motor Sports can be obtained from the team’s website @ www.comprent.net For direct contact, please contact Kevin Kloepfer @ 706-543-1797
About Comprent Motor Sports:
Under the guidance of Team Principal Kevin Kloepfer, Comprent Motor Sports is widely regarded as a leading junior formula car and sports car team and prep shop. Since its inception in 1988, the Georgia-based operation has not only assisted weekend warriors get the most from themselves and their equipment, but also helped train and develop talented young drivers for a career in motorsports. Comprent Motor Sports is a proven winner in both the amateur and pro racing ranks, having earned SCCA National Championship titles in Formula Atlantic (1990) and Sports 2000 (2005), as well as the IMSA Lites championship crown (2008) with Jonathan Goring and the SCCA Pro Racing Formula Enterprises Pro Series title (2010) with 15 year-old Sean Rayhall. Enhancing its racing endeavors, Comprent Motor Sports is the SCCA Enterprises Customer Service Representative for the northern portion of the Southeast Division, and the official Elite Racing Transmission distributor for the U.S.A. The Georgia-based team will run multiple cars in both the Prototype Lites Championship and Formula Enterprises Pro Series in 2011.