In the rolling hills of southern Virginia, the roar of racecar engines filled the air once again for S.A.C. Racing and team principal, Ademir Fedumenti. After a season that featured a Pirelli World Challenge championship and numerous victories, S.A.C. Racing came in to Virginia International Raceway with high hopes for their 2017 campaign. When all was said and done, the now perennial contenders had a pair of class victories to add to their trophy case.
“I am incredibly proud of everyone on the team for working so hard this weekend,” said Fedumenti. “Results like this just go to show how strong our team can be when we work together. I know the wins and podiums we got are just the beginning for us this year and the crew was just phenomenal.
All in all, S.A.C. Racing brought a total of seven cars to VIR across three difference platforms with two different manufacturers, finishing the weekend with two track records, three pole positions, two wins, a second, and three fourth-place finishes.
Right away from the beginning of the weekend, the team was facing adversity as the track conditions due to recent storms meant there was less grip available. In addition, S.A.C.Racing was debuting their new Mazda MX5 cars. The biggest hurdle came when driver Anthony Geraci’s machine experienced problems during testing and practice, forcing the team to change cars to the new-to-the-series Audi RS3 LMS TC.
The first race of the weekend saw Matthew Fassnacht take the victory in TCA. After he was forced off course early on, Fassnacht quickly made his presence known, picking off the leaders one at a time until only Goulart was left. In a thrilling exchange, Fassnacht pulled off an incredible pass with just three corners to go on the final lap to get past Goulart and take the victory ahead of his teammate. Matt was driving the new MX-5 while Goulart had the previous generation car as the team wanted to compare both versions under race conditions. With Goulart finishing second, S.A.C came away with a sweep of the top two steps on the podium. Dan Moen finished 11th in TCA competition, while teammate Anthony Geraci took fourth overall in the TC category.
The second race of the weekend saw Fassnacht continue his success, capturing his second win of 2017 in the TCA category. Goulart finished fourth in class, with teammate Dan Moen bringing his Mazda MX5 home in 14th place. Anthony Geraci once again finished fourth overall in the TC category, marking a successful debut for the team with the brand new Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
“The weekend started out as a challenge,” said Geraci. “We started out in another car and the engine let go so at the last minute we put the Audi together between S.A.C. Racing and Audi Motorsports.”
“It was one of the most eventful races of my career that ended up being one of the best races of my career,” Matthew Fassnacht added. “I started off on pole position and then got turned off the track early on in the race. I was able to keep my wits together and get right back in to action and stay focused, and I quickly caught up to the lead group.”
“We were able to get out there and qualify and during the race got best lap to sit on the pole [in race #2],” said Geraci.
“I think Anthony did a phenomenal job with the new Audi,” said team principal, Ademir Fedumenti “Starting basically from 19th and moving his way up to fourth in the race and getting fastest lap to start on pole [in race #2]. He is proof that our team is one of the best in the paddock after a comeback performance like that.”
S.A.C. and driver coach, Elivan Goulart will now prepare for the second weekend in their Pirelli World Challenge campaign later this month when the series visits Canadian Tire Motorsports Park outside of Toronto, Canada.