It was quite a weekend for our bud Eric Latino at the final event of the 2012 Pro Modified Racing Association season, as he and Team Green not only won the “Thunder at the Beach” at the Grand Bend Motorplex, but gained enough points in the process to sow up their first series championship.
Team Green, owned by Rob and Anne Sporring of Guelph Ontario and Latino from Whitby Ontario, qualified atop the field with a 6.055 at 237.21 mph. Latino, aboard the G-Force Race Cars-built 1969 Camaro powered by a 521-inch BAE supercharged Hemi, carded a pair of 6.05′s in the opening two rounds to defeat Rocky Di Lecce and Derek Hawker before scoring his second race win of the season with a stellar 6.02 — the quickest pass of the event — to defeat of Jay Santos in the final run of the PMRA season.
“The car was perfect all weekend,” noted Latino after the race. “The car was very consistent.”
In winning at Grand Bend, Latino displaced season-long points leader Bruce Boland, as he amassed 1756 points to the 1754 of Boland, who qualified fifth and fell in the opening round of eliminations.
“I have to give credit to my entire team who were at the top of their game all weekend,” Latino mentioned after the race. “The track condition was tricky and Paolo (D’Alimonte, the team’s crew chief) read the track perfectly making it easier for me to get down fast and smooth every pass.”
Others on Team Green Latino wished to thank include car chief Peter Olin, Matt Latino, Gord Campbell, Nick Campbell, Rikkie Rumball, Paul Bassil, and Teri Cowl.