Top 10 result in season opener

Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg earn top 10 finish in grueling 4 hour Daytona endurance event.

Caledon East, January 30, 2018

Despite being a newly formed team for the 2018 IMSA CTSC GS season, the extensive experience of the AWA team members truly showed at Daytona, where drivers Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg earned a top 10 finish in the grueling 4 hour endurance event.

4 hours of non stop action

“Daytona is always a challenging event, it’s a condensed schedule and being the season opener, there are always updates that need to be fitted, from the fuel rig to the car, it’s quite possibly the most intense 3 days of the year. I’m proud to say our entire team gave 100% and prepared a competitive, reliable car for every session.” Said team principal, Andrew Wojteczko. “We worked methodically through each change, giving our drivers the confidence needed to push hard in the race. I’d like to thank both Multimatic and Ford Performance for their efforts, we’re fortunate to be part of a very capable racing family.”

Mustangs were strong in the infield

Martin Barkey who drove a demanding double stint explained “Daytona was such a fun race, being the first race with our new GT4 Mustang I could not have asked for more from the AWA team and my co driver Brett Sandberg. We had battles, we got spun twice by competitors and still managed a top 10 finish The CTSC field is super competitive, with over 30 GS cars including many of today’s best driver line ups racing here. I have no doubt we are in for a super fun year.”

Brett Sandberg left, Martin Barkey right, just after a jam packed fan walk on the pit lane.

Brett Sandberg who started and finished the race commented “I am incredibly proud of the AWA Team and Martin Barkey’s performance at this past weekends IMSA debut.” Despite trials and tribulations throughout the weekend, our team worked diligently to overcome obstacles and prepare a car that we were able to battle up front with. I am confident that with a bit more luck, we will contend for a podium finish at Sebring.”

4 hours meant 4 stops, crew was on point all day. Andrew Stittle on the front gun. Brett helps get Martin strapped in and ready to go.

The AWA team is partnered with some legendary brands. Gulf and their line of competition lubricants provide maximum performance and protection in the engine, trans, diff and brakes. Look for drivers and crew outfitted in the latest OMP driver/crew suits and fire gear, keeping us safe over the wall and behind the wheel. Spyder and their fashionable, technical apparel will be making sure the team stays dry and warm on the cold days, and cool on the hot days. On the road or at the airport, you’ll see the team sporting Projekts’ line of bags and luggage, stylish and durable gear making sure everyone’s valuables arrive safely at the track. SekanSkin will be cutting/printing vinyl and watch for ongoing collaborations with DNBK, creator of the AWA artwork.

Time to empty the fuel rig and prepare for Sebring. Dave Sibbitt left, Adrian Taylor right.

Be sure to follow along on the team website at awa.team, on Instagram at awaracingteam and on Facebook at AWAracingteam. Also be sure to check out MBRP.com for all of your performance exhaust needs. Do you want to get behind the wheel? Email andrew@awa.team for details.

Photos by Ray McAloney and Ford Performance.

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