Bodymotion Racing Still Tops Point Standings After a Fourth-Place Finish in GS at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 3 – With a fourth place finish in Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen International with their Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4, Cameron Cassels and Trent Hindman retained their point lead in the top class, Grand Sport, heading into next weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The Ocean Township, N.J.-based team’s entry in the Street Tuner class, another Porsche driven by Drake Kemper and Devin Jones, was as high as third and finished tenth in its class at the conclusion of the two-hour race on the historic 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course.
Cassels and Hindman, the defending race winners, were in line for a podium finish of third until Nico Rondet passed Hindman with only 7:07 remaining. They almost got it anyway when the leader, Al Carter, spun across the track on the last lap, but Matt Plumb made a late charge to grab the final podium position from the Wayside, N.J.-based driver. It was very close, as Hindman was only 0.369 of a second behind Plumb at the checkered.
Cassels, of Coldstream, British Columbia; qualified their No. 12 Porsche sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and Trim Tex in tenth place. He advanced to ninth at the start and ran in that position throughout his stint. He pitted for fuel and rain Continental tires on lap 16 when the weather turned nasty, and the race was red flagged at the halfway point due to lightning in the area.
The bad weather abated and Cassels was back in ninth when he pitted a second time under yellow with 52:40 remaining for fuel, slick tires and Hindman to take over. The pit stop was excellent and Hindman was fifth when the race resumed with 43 minutes remaining to set up the hectic closing minutes.
Hindman successfully avoided all sorts of opportunities to become involved in accidents. Some examples included when Robin Liddell lost power right beside him with 16:71 to go; when Plumb went on and off the track next to him coming out of the Inner Loop with 10:12 to go, and when Carter spun across the track on the final lap. Afterwards Hindman said he was also dealing with a broken sway bar or shock throughout his stint.
Kemper qualified seventh in the No. 31 Porsche Cayman, which is sponsored by VeriStor, Bodymotion, the Apex Sports Car Academy and Delaware Investments. He took off like a rocket at the drop of the green flag and was fourth by lap two. The rookie from Thermal, Calif. moved into third on lap five when Sarah Cattaneo’s car lost its clutch. Derek Jones (no relation to Devin) passed him on lap 11 to push him back to fourth, but he stayed in that position before dropping to tenth after a pit stop around lap 20. He clawed his way back up to seventh before he pitted for Devin Jones to take over around lap 24. Jones fell to 12th and then 13th after that round of pit stops and some time lost getting around a lapped car.
Jones persevered, however. The Mooresville, N.C.-based driver was back in tenth with 5:24 to go after Pumpelly stopped in Turn 9. He continued to push, setting the car’s fastest lap of the race on lap 41. Hindman’s fastest lap was also near the end of the race, as he set it on lap 40.
The race will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern.
Post-race quotes follow:
Cameron Cassels, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:
“At the beginning of the stint the car seemed fine. There were a lot of grip issues as we went along; the track definitely started to rubber up and we started to slide around more. The car was great and was well prepared. We were in a great position and we were very confident going into this race.
“The big picture is the season is one long race, so to come in fourth today still puts us in a great position in the points race. We walk out of here holding our heads high because we maintain the points lead and the car is still in one piece.
“It was super-sunny for a long time. Then as soon as you climb the hill out of Turn 7 you look up and see a curtain of water coming. We were all in the same boat out there, literally. It definitely got slick really fast. It didn’t last a long time, but when it did open up it sure dropped a lot of water on the track.
“This is definitely a rhythm track; that’s why I like it so much. Drake Kemper mentioned that it’s like a street course with elevation changes. You have to get into a rhythm. It took me a little bit to get that rhythm. I didn’t lose a lot of time, but I definitely could have made up some positions. I had more pace than a couple cars, but I just couldn’t get around them early. By the time I seemed to find my rhythm we were catching ST cars, and then there was traffic all around, and then the skies opened up.
“A lot of our families were here this weekend and they’ll be at Mosport next weekend. We really want to get back onto the top step of the podium. We definitely would have taken another podium position today, but coming out of here still with the points lead and the car still in one piece, that’s a success.”
Trent Hindman, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:
“I’m not sure; maybe we had broken a sway bar or we might have lost a shock at some point in the race. Cameron had warned me on the radio when I got in that the car was a bit to handle, and definitely different than the package we had in practice. That truly showed itself once the race went green, especially on these stop-and-go restarts. It was definitely tough.
“But overall, we’re in this for a championship. It would have been very easy for me to put my hands up and say this isn’t our day and just hang out and let people go, but that’s not what I’m about, it’s not what Bodymotion Racing is about, it’s not what Trim Tex is about, and it’s not what Cameron Cassels is about.
“We’re in a fight for a championship all the way until the bitter end. I think we were sixth near the end but we got a fourth out of it. We picked up two positions at the very end.
“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t come home with a win, but I thank the Bodymotion Racing crew for pulling together.
“Continental [Tires] gave us a brand new, very much improved tire for this year. We love it. But at the end of the day when you have a major mechanical issue, you’re just along for the ride really, and we did our best to manage and negate the damage. I think this was a very positive day in terms of the championship.”