Bodymotion Racing Takes First Win for Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Trent Hindman and Cameron Cassels won Friday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Sebring 150, in Bodymotion Racing’s new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, marking the first international victory for the new Cayman.
Scott Maxwell had led the Grand Sport field for the first part of the race, in his Ford Shelby GT350R-C, but a slow pitstop denied the Multimatic Motorsports the victory, and instead Maxwell and Billy Johnson finished second.
Hindman passed Matt Plumb for the lead out of turn 17 with half an hour on the clock, and came home to finish 13.484 seconds in the lead. Matt and Hugh Plumb finished third in the Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997, behind Multimatic.
Bodymotion’s victory comes after the team missed the season-opening BMW Performance 200 at Daytona in January. It was Hindman’s first race in a Porsche, while only the second IMSA start for Cassels.
“Never in a million years did I think we could pull off a win in the first race for our new Clubsport,” said Hindman. “We have to keep our foot on the gas and hopefully we can keep this result going forward.”
Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing for Compass360 Racing, and Tyler McQuarrie with Till Bechtolscheimer for CJ Wilson Racing completed the top five finishers in Grand Sport.
At the start, it had been Chad Gilsinger leading for HART in a similar Civic Si, but he finished second in the car he shares with Michael Valiante.
In third position at the line was the BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i driven by Tyler Cooke and James Clay. The car lost its pole position to an engine change after qualifying, so started at the back. “We didn’t like one of the cylinders, so we decided to change engine even through it meant moving to the back,” said Clay.
Cattaneo, who started 14th, is the most experienced female driver in CTSC. She now joins Ashley Freiberg as the leading female winner in the series, with two victories. Meanwhile, this is Trinkler’s sixth win, and he sits second on the list of most series starts, at 119.
“We were under the radar all week, and we barely cracked the top five at any time,” Trinkler said. “It was all about being consistent. We worked all week concentrating on longer runs on older tires, and if you look back at the lap times, you’ll see our car barely moved a second all weekend and during the race.”
Both the Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman of Jeff Mosing, and Liam Dwyer’s Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5, pitted early-race from the ST win contention. The Porsche had a damaged gear linkage cable, while the Mazda suffered from suspension damage.
Steven McAleer and Chad McCumbee finished fourth in the #25 Freedom Autosport Mazda, while Jason Rabe and Devin Jones’ Bodymotion Cayman was fifth in ST
A single full course caution came out during the race, when Sam Adams went off track mid-race in his Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman. On the final lap, Mark Pombo collided with Valiante. This didn’t impact Valiante’s finishing position of second, but did damage Pombo’s MINI JCW.
The next Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on April 30.
Courtesy: Jake Kilshaw – World SportsCar