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Francis & Buffomante Star At Mid-Ohio

August 12th, 2017 at 5:22 PM
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FrancisErnie Francis Jr. leads the Trans-Am Series field Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Cousre. (Chris Clark Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Ernie Francis Jr. and Tony Buffomante were victorious in their respective Trans-Am Series races Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Mark Boden and Brian Kleeman would also claim TA3 and TA4 class victories.

For Francis, in the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund Ford Mustang, the win marks his fifth victory in seven attempts this season and the 28th of his Trans-Am career across all classes while furthering his lead atop the TA class points. While the No. 98 spent much of the weekend under the wrench with engine issues, Francis began the race on pole after Friday’s qualifying sessions were cancelled, leaving the grid to be determined by points.

Francis endured early pressure from two-time defending champion Amy Ruman and late pressure from TA class debutant Martin Ragginger, particularly on a final restart with only three laps to go.

“At the beginning of the race we were just trying to get our temperatures up and try and get some speed out of the car,” said Francis. “We struggled with that over the first few laps; once I got my head down we ran some consistent laps and built up a gap. The yellow flag came out when we didn’t want it; then Martin got on our tail again. We weren’t able to pull a gap, it was tough; Martin definitely had some power on us down the straights. We tried to nail the exits, build up an air gapâ?? and were able to bring it home for another win.

“The crew did a great job this weekend,” continued Francis. “We didn’t even get the …

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Tags: Ernie Francis Jr., SCCA, Tony Buffomante, Trans-Am Series

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