Bodymotion Racing Regains Point Lead In CTSCC Championship With a Third Place Finish at COTA
AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 – Bodymotion Racing of Ocean Township, N.J. regained the point lead in the top class, Grand Sport, in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) series Friday afternoon with a thrilling third-place finish in the series’ two-hour race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) road course in Austin, Texas.
Co-drivers Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, and Trent Hindman of Wayside, N.J. had to conserve both their Continental tires and their VP Racing fuel in order to finish on the podium with their Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 No. 12, which is sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and TrimTex. They also had to battle the track conditions, as the heat of the day on this Cinco de Mayo holiday made the 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course very greasy, especially in the late stages of the 47-lap race.
Cassels qualified 12th but he had worked his way into the top 10 by lap seven despite conserving the car so Hindman could make a push at the end. As it turned out the driver change occurred during one of two full-course cautions on lap 21. The Bodymotion pit crew performed flawlessly on the stop. Coupled with some problems suffered by some rivals, Hindman was able to start work from the fourth position when the green flew again on lap 26 with 47 minutes remaining.
From that point on Hindman applied pressure to everyone around him. He took third on lap 28 from Dillon MacHaven, passed Marc Miller for second on the following lap, and even led lap 35 after a stirring battle with Robin Liddell. Two McLarens driven by Matt Plumb and Nico Rondet then took command, but Hindman kept the pressure up the rest of the way for the podium finish.
Bodymotion Racing’s entry in the Street Tuner class, the No. 31 Porsche Cayman driven by Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. and Drake Kemper of Thermal, Calif., was unfortunately withdrawn from the event after a fire during the preliminary action. Jones was driving at the time but luckily was not hurt. Bodymotion, Veristor, the Apex Sports Car Academy and Delaware Investments sponsor the No. 31 entry.
Friday’s race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, May 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.
The next event is part of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen June 29-July 2 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. July is a busy month for the series, as it will also appear at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario on July 7-9 and at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. on July 21-22.
Post-race quotes follow:
Cameron Cassels, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:
“I was happy to get through it [the race]. Coming into this weekend I got sick just before I arrived here, and have been trying to battle a cold. Having a cold in Texas in the heat is no fun. We were on the pace when we needed to be, so it was nice. We used the practice sessions to get our set-up and pace. We kept at a good race pace during the race. We were always in the hunt. Fuel was the biggest thing for us today. I can’t believe we actually finished third without running out of fuel. Trent did a great job with full conservation. In the end it was third place, but for us it’s a big points day. We lost a lot of ground at Sebring but this makes up for it.”
Trent Hindman, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:
“It was definitely nerve racking, especially in the beginning. We just weren’t sure how our strategy would play out. Cameron definitely got up to speed well, but we had a hard time in traffic. I experienced that too during my stint. Fortunately everything worked out in our favor. We got a bit lucky with some yellows right in the middle of the race, but then the pressure was on when I kept hearing ‘Conserve fuel, conserve fuel, conserve fuel!’ You’re trying to push hard and go forward but you have to hold yourself back a little bit. I was definitely worried about that.
“At the end of the day Mark Manning, our engineer, gave us a fantastic car. We had a really great strategy, but unfortunately we didn’t quite have the straight-line speed of the McLarens, That’s okay; we’re going to be strong the rest of the year; I know that much. Big thanks to the Bodymotion guys and Trim Tex. Cameron drove very well all weekend long and did his job beautifully as always. Now we’ll go on to Watkins Glen, which is my favorite!”
Geoff Abel, competition director, Bodymotion, Inc.:
“Today was a full team victory from car preparation, to the set-up, to the strategy, to the guys behind the wall. We had flawless execution all day. What we needed today was points. Today was all about bringing home some points, which we were able to do and have now retaken the points lead.”