Twisted Speed Perseveres, Takes Second In N2/WERA National Endurance Series By Dunlop Race At PittRace
Twisted Speed Racing struggled through its toughest race of the year and still finished second in the N2/WERA National Endurance Series By Dunlop four-hour endurance race at PittRace, setting up a winner-takes-all finale for the 2021 season.
Dustin Dominguez took the start and battled with the eventual winners on the team’s Dunlop-shod Suzuki GSX-R1000 for several laps, then suddenly started slowing, dropping as much as four seconds a lap to the leader near the end of his stint. Fears that the machine had malfunctioned proved to be unfounded, but Dominguez, who is still dealing with the aftermath of a COVID-19 infection that left him seriously ill, was struggling badly.
“Pitt is the most technical and demanding track that we visit,” says team owner Brad Burns. “Dustin, I think, is probably the best endurance racer in the country right now, but he said halfway through his stint that he couldn’t breathe. It was like he dropped an anchor.”
Taylor Knapp was originally slated to do one stint, but stepped up and did two. Meanwhile, Burns had a small technical issue that required an extra pit stop just after his stint began. While the repair was a matter of a few seconds, at the level of competition of this season’s N2/WERA endurance series, a few seconds mattered.
After all that, Twisted Speed still managed to finish second and turned the fastest lap of the race, a 1:43.215. Overall, the bike performed flawlessly, as did the Dunlop tires – the team turned its fastest lap on the 112th circuit of the track!
Second place left Twisted Speed second in the Championship chase in the Heavyweight class with a single race to go and the title going to the team that finishes ahead of the other.