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Kia Racing captures second Grand-Am victory
Kia Racing wins yet another motor competition as Michael Galati and Nic Jönsson drive their Kia Forte Koup first to the finish Line.
With Kia Motors America still celebrating their historic first win in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge -CTSCC in April, the motoring team of the company has added another feather in its cap by winning the Road America 200 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Michael Galati and Nic Jönsson were the winners in the GRAND-AM, and they have shown their mettle once again by winning this latest competition. Their No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup won the competition from more than 25 other teams. In a thrilling 2.5-hour race, Michael and Nic used the Forte Koup’s braking and handling to their advantage to beat other cars, some of which were turbocharged.
Underlining the importance of this victory from the new team, Nic Jönsson said, “It’s unheard of for a second-year racing program to stand on top of the podium, but to do it twice in a single year is even more remarkable and underscores the tremendous effort both Kia Motors and Kinetic Motorsports have put into the program. The team went to extraordinary lengths to overcome the challenges posed by the Road America course and that makes this win even sweeter.”
This victory has propelled the Kia No. 10 Forte Koup to the first place of the Street Tuner Team standings. Nic Jönsson now tops the Drivers rankings. Another noticeable achievement was that both the Kia Forte Koup’s finished in the top six, which helped the cars standings too. The second car was driven by Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood, who had their best race of the season – finishing sixth in their No. 12 Forte Koup.
The No. 10 Kia Forte Koup was in the third place at the start of the race, and Galati made sure that the car remained among the first five at all times for the first 90 minutes of the race. With only one hour remaining, the steering was taken over by Nic Jönsson, who battled the car with another two cars at the end, to ultimately win the coveted race. [Source: Kia]