Bodymotion Racing’s GS Car Finishes on the Podium While Its ST Car Is in the Top 10 At CTSCC Series Race at Lime Rock
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 24 – The No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport driven by Cameron Cassels and Trent Hindman could have used a full-course caution flag in the late stages of Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (ICTSC) race at Lime Rock Park.
Considering that 35 cars started the race and that Lime Rock Park is the shortest road course on the series’ schedule, that seemed probable during a 2.5-hour race.
Although a yellow never waved to bunch up the field, the No. 12 still finished third overall and third in the Grand Sport (GS) class, giving the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team another podium finish, continuing the entry’s record of never finishing out of the top five, and earning more points for its drivers.
The No. 12’s sister car, a 2012 Porsche Cayman sponsored in part by VeriStor and Delaware Investments, finished ninth in the Street Tuner (ST) class for the second race in a row. Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. and Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. share the driving duties for that entry.
Cassels, a rookie from Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, qualified sixth in the No. 12 and was still in that position when he pitted for the driver change on lap 46.
Hindman, of Wayside, N.J., started his stint in sixth, but a lap down. He set the car’s fastest lap of the race on lap 53 as he tried to get the lap back. By lap 71 he was third and on the same lap as the leader with one hour and 17 minutes remaining. He dropped back to fifth when he made his second pit stop on lap 93 with 55 minutes remaining, and then tried to do it all again. He moved into fourth on lap 112 when the leader pitted. He passed Peter Ludwig for third with 31 minutes remaining, but the gap to second was too much when time ran out.
Rabe started 16th in the ST class. He set his car’s fastest race lap on lap seven and had several stirring battles, including one with his co-driver from last year, as he advanced to fourth in class before turning the No. 31 over to Jones on lap 68.
Jones started his stint in 11th in class but after some pit stops and some passes he was ninth in class in less than 10 laps. He was mired in a bevy of similar cars during most of his stint though, and he took the checkered flag in ninth as the overall winning Mustang completed its 150th lap and three Mazdas took the ST-class podium finishes.
The race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 on a tape-delayed basis at noon EDT on Sunday, July 31.
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Cameron Cassels: “I thought the race went really well. I can’t believe that it stayed green the entire time.
“Not that we were banking on a caution, but it certainly would have been nice to have had a caution with about an hour to go.
“Saying that though, for me it was a bit of a redeeming race in that we’ve had some great success this season and some great work in the pits, but we’ve also had some great luck this season too with some cautions helping us get onto the podium. But at this race on this bullring of a track where it was all green, we had to do everything we could – two drivers and the entire crew – to try to climb up onto the podium.
“So for me it was a bit redeeming. As much as we love Trent and he does a great job, I like to help contribute too, and for this one I think it was really a team effort to get onto the podium.”
Trent Hindman: “It was a hot race. It was definitely warm but it wasn’t too bad in the car though. Overall you can feel the heat with the track condition more that anything.
“We were fighting to hang on for a long time just trying to keep the tires underneath us and not overdrive the car and not overheat the tires. Then again the Continental tires held up beautifully for us today.
“We just did our best to try to hunt down the leaders. Over the last couple races we’ve been lucky getting yellows that would bunch the field back up so we could make up whatever time we lost. Just through strategy or whatever, we would be able to make up some ground. Today actually it was quite shocking that we did a race at Lime Rock with 35 cars on track that didn’t have one full-course yellow.
“It is a sense of accomplishment for us to bring home a podium even more, especially for Cameron. He really did a heck of a job today. He did everything he could to stay on the lead lap, which he absolutely did. He had quite a margin to that point, so for his first time here at Lime Rock he did an absolutely beautiful job.
“Ultimately I think if we did have a yellow we would have been able to fight for the win. The Bodymotion guys gave me a fantastic car today, especially over the long runs. But at the end of the day we have to be proud of what we did. It was a great way to rebound from Mosport, and we look forward to Road America.”
Jason Rabe: “It was an exciting day here at Lime Rock Park for the entire Bodymotion crew.
“We kind of got a handle on it after qualifying. The car had quite a bit of understeer, so I just had to adapt my driving style. But then we started picking off cars one by one.
“At one point we were three wide and I shot up the middle, which was pretty exciting. This place is very hard to pass, so I just had to go for it.
“But from 16th to fourth; I pitted in fourth place and handed it over to Devin.
“Devin did a good job managing the car. It was tricky conditions for everybody out there. Our car definitely started to free up quite a bit, so it was more of a drift session out there.
“It was a decent points day to finish in ninth again. We have two ninth places in a row. Top fives or podiums are a lot better, but we’ll hopefully keep some momentum going into Road America.”
Devin Jones: “We struggled a little bit all weekend. Jason had a great stint and put us up towards the top 10. From there we got off cycle a little on the pit stops. Some people short-pitted a little and gained some time on us.
“It was still a solid run and a decent points day. Obviously we would like to be a little bit better than that, but we were just kind of on our own island there. We couldn’t really race anybody; we were just hoping for a caution.
“We’ll take this and go to Road America and keep digging for the last stretch of the season.”
Michael Bavaro (team owner): “I think the boys did a good job with the 31 ST car. We started 16th and finished ninth, so a top 10 finish making it a good day for points. The car handled well. We struggled with it at the beginning, but we got it where we needed and both guys had two clean stints other than a couple little dings and dents. It was a very ferocious battle out there, seeing them go into Turn 1 three wide on quite a few laps. It had us nervous in the [pit] box, looking at Turn 2 to make sure they came out of it. So it was a fun race to watch, and we did well.
“Both drivers in the GS car did a great job. Cameron did a beautiful job. It’s his first time at this track. I hate to keep saying that, but we’re going to keep saying it because every track is his first time at the track, but he did an excellent job. His times during his stint were within tenths of the leaders. Everybody was running 59 second-plus laps, and he was right there with them. He did a great job staying with the leaders.
“After the pit stop Trent brought the car up, as is his style; he loves to chase a rabbit, and he sure chased them down.
“It’s just a little surprising at Lime Rock to go two and a half hours with that kind of traffic without any cautions. There were a few incidents but none of them blocked the track. It was a very clean race. Had there been a caution it would have been kind of a different story; we love to see Trent get up there and fight it out with the boys, but he closed the gap from a lap down to 30 seconds to probably at the end we were 9 seconds shy, so that’s good, but the race is not three hours; it’s two and a half hours.
“We’re pleased all the way around. We had a good points day. We’ll see how that shakes out when they announce it on Monday. Now on to Road America in two weeks!”