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Jun 23, 2009 / reports

Miller and C360R Extend Championship Lead at Mid-Ohio

Mansfield, OH—Christian Miller and co-driver Randy Pobst fought a long, hard battle at the historic Mid-Ohio track this weekend against cars that had a clear performance advantage, taking a solid second-place finish that extended Miller’s lead in the KONI Driver’s Championship.

“The Volkswagens were in a class of their own this weekend,” noted Miller. “Randy and I pulled out everything we had to finish second, and even so we used up a lot of our car doing it.”

Indeed, post-race inspection revealed that the duo’s #74 Honda Civic Si had very little brakes left. “I was working the car every lap,” remarked Pobst. “I tried to keep up with the VW’s, but they had more pace than we did this weekend. They are very, very quick.”

While the Volkswagens were celebrating their second straight win, Miller was happy with his points haul, which extend his points lead over the now-second place #111 Subaru. Georgian Bay Motorsport, which was a close second in the championship, has pulled out of the Grand-Am Street Tuner series, which means that Miller has a 24-point lead over the Subaru duo. With four races to go, this remains a very tight battle not just for the Driver’s Championship, but also for the Teams and Manufacturers.

Having been second in the Driver’s Championship for the past two years (C360R won the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2007), Compass360 Racing is pulling out all the stops for the final four KONI races of 2009.

“We’re already working on our plans for next year,” noted Team Principal Karl Thomson. “But our focus remains a Championship for Christian. If previous years are any indication, it’s going to be a battle right down to the wire, and we’re ready for it!”

The next KONI Challenge race is July 17-18 at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.