Grand Sport (GS)
Robin Liddell (Scotland) and Frank DePew (USA) took their No. 71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to the top step of the podium in the Grand Sport (GS) class.
“To finally get here, and with Frank especially, in his first season – he’s had a very difficult start to the season, as I’m sure you’ve seen, and that puts a lot of pressure on him,” said Liddell. “But he’s a true sportsman and he’s a team player. I think you saw the results of those efforts. But without these guys, we wouldn’t have a series, especially in this championship, so we need to look after these guys and we need to give credit where credit’s due. Hats off to him, because he’s done a mega job.”
Rounding out the podium was Canadian driver Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy (USA) in their No. 60 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 and Canadian driver Jesse Lazare and Corey Fergus (USA) in their No. 69 Motorsports In Action McLaren GT4.
Halfway through the season the drivers’ standings couldn’t be much tighter. American drivers James Clay and Devin Jones lead in their No. 82 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4 with 139 points each. Jeff Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie in their No. 39 Carbahn Motorsports Audi R8 are in second with 138 points each and Canadian Jesse Lazare and Corey Fergus from Columbus, Ohio in their No. 69 Motorsports In Action McLaren GT4 are in third with 137 points each.
Touring Car (TCR)
Britt Casey Jr (Barrington, IL) and Mikey Taylor (no relation, from South African) won in their No. 17 JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS TCR DSG. American drivers Colin Mullan and Max Faulkner finished second in their No. 52 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic TCR, Jon Morley and Gavin Ernstone (UK) finished third in their No. 61 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR DSG.
“It was super wild,” said Casey, Jr. “I think it all started as soon as the driver change happened…The only reason we were able to pit when we did was because Mikey was able to drive it for, like, an hour and 10 and no one else could do that. We led the whole first stint and managed the gap the entire time and it made my job a lot easier. I had more tools to work with at the end with tires, and we came back from a lap down, P10, and just methodical from there. It was like focus forward.”
“Overall, the car was quite a dream to drive, so it wasn’t too difficult,” added Taylor. “But pity about that whole pit stop issue. We’ll work on that for the next one. I’m just happy we came back from it. I didn’t think we could win. I thought we could maybe podium if we got back on the lead lap, but yeah, a win is awesome.”
Honda leads the manufacturer’s standings with 167 points followed by Audi (161), Hyundai (155) and Alfa Romeo (142).
Up next is the Lime Rock Park 120 which will be held July 19 and 20 in Lakeville, Connecticut.
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