Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Sweeps Podium At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
MONTEREY, Calif. (April 30, 2016 Courtesy IMSA) – Trent Hindman passed Pierre Kleinubing with 30 minutes remaining and then held off a pair of CJ Wilson Racing teammates to score his second consecutive Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory in a podium sweep for the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Hindman and co-driver Cameron Cassels made it two in a row in the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, with Porsche’s new turnkey race car taking the top three positions on the Grand Sport (GS) podium.
“To be honest, I was watching my mirrors a bit which is something I shouldn’t admit,” said the 20-year-old Hindman after scoring his fifth career GS victory. “The CJ Wilson guys are really fast and were tough to hold off. Cameron put in a great stint and didn’t make any mistakes, and our Porsche GT4 was amazing today.”
Marc Miller and TOTAL Pole Award winner Danny Burkett finished second in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing ONE Capital Management/Motor Oil Matters Cayman, with Miller coming up short by 0.510 seconds in a last-lap charge to catch Hindman. Third were teammates Tyler McQuarrie and Till Bechtolsheimer in the team’s No. 35 entry.
Point leaders Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell took fourth in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C, followed by Rob Ecklin and Al Carter in the Automatic Racing No. 99 Invisible Glass/Rogue Engineering/Red Glare Records Aston Martin Vantage, and the Compass360 Racing No. 76 Shelby of Kleinubing and Paul Holton.
McCumbee, McAleer Stop Teammate Carbonell, Extend Freedom Autosport, Mazda Streaks
Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer extended Mazda and Freedom Autosport’s streak to six consecutive Street Tuner (ST) victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 2015 ST champions won for the first time in 2016 in the No. 25 ModSpace Mazda MX-5. McAleer took the checkered flag 4.842 seconds ahead of teammate Andrew Carbonell, ending his three-race victory streak at the track in the No. 26 SemperFiFund.org Mazda MX-5 started by Liam Dwyer.
McCumbee started third and was involved in a terrific hour-long fight for the lead with TOTAL Pole Award winner James Clay in the No. 84 BimmerWorld Racing OPTIMA Batteries BMW 328i, and Chad Gilsinger in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si. McCumbee passed Gilsinger to finally take the lead on the 33rd lap, and then joined McAleer in leading all but one of the remaining circuits.
“I was thinking to myself that it had to be a great show,” McCumbee said. “We were going back and forth, and those guys were working really hard. Then it was time to go, and I had to be a little aggressive and throw it in there to get the lead. At the end of the day, the Mazda was the easiest on the tires, and the best car for this race.”
Eric Foss took third in the No. 56 Murillo Racing/Mosing Motorcars Porsche Cayman started by Jeff Mosing. Foss passed Tyler Cooke in the No. 84 BMW started by Clay on the final lap. Gilsinger and Cameron Lawrence finished fifth.
• Unofficially, Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell extended their lead in the GS standings to nine points over Danny Burkett and Marc Miller, 95-86. Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing entered the race in second but dropped to third with 85 points.
• Sebring winners Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler entered the race leading the ST standings, but unofficially fell back to fifth with 73 points after struggling throughout the race with electrical issues. Chad Gilsinger took over the lead with a fifth-place finish, giving him 82 points compared to 78 for Nick Galante/Spencer Pumpelly and Chad McCumbee/Stevan McAleer. Third-place finisher Eric Foss now has 75 points.
• Mazda now has seven ST victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The last non-Mazda ST victory was recorded by Turner Motorsport in 2009, with Will Turner and Don Salama behind the wheel of a BMW 328.
• Christian Szymczak turned in the fastest ST lap of the race on the 68th lap, 1:40.718, shortly after taking over for Cavan O’Keefe in the No. 34 Alara Racing Mazda MX-5. Team regular Justin Piscitell drove for Murillo Racing, subbing for Brent Mosing, who is recovering from an illness.
• The race was slowed twice by caution. The first yellow waved at the 25-minute mark for Michael Johnson, who lost power in the No. 54 JDC/Miller Motorsports BMW 228i. The final caution was at the one-hour, 47-minute mark, when Tyler Stone pulled off course entering the Corkscrew in the No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing Borla/Urban Grid Porsche Cayman.
• FS1 will replay the race broadcast on Sunday, May 8, at 8 a.m. ET.
The next race for the Continental Tire Challenge will be the Continental Tire 150 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, July 2.