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Thomson: No “Team Orders” for Top Three Compass Racing Cars at Season Finale
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (IMSA NEWSWIRE) – Fielding three cars for the duration of the 2018 TCR season – in addition to a McLaren GT4 in the GS class – Compass Racing was ready to come out swinging for the first TCR title in the Continental Tire Challenge.
The team’s three Audi RS3 LMS racecars have recorded a staggering seven victories, 16 podium finishes and five pole positions which, with one race remaining, has each Compass Racing car in the top three of the TCR championship standings.
With the team’s success this season, they rank as only one of six Continental Tire Challenge teams to have wins in three or more classes in series history and are also within two victories of tying Turner Motorsport for the most series wins by an entrant.
“It’s a dream come true to head into the final round with all three of our TCR cars having been so competitive all year,” said Compass Racing Team Principal Karl Thomson. “It’s a testament to our drivers and crew, who are all passionate about our sport and about winning. As you can imagine, there’s fierce competition between the other TCR teams, but also within our own squad to take the championship.
“It’s been a really tight fight all season between the No. 77 Audi of Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long and the No. 74 of Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer, with the 77 having a narrow lead [288-283] going into Road Atlanta. I’d love to see Roy Block and Pierre Kleinubing in our No. 75 RS 3 take a win and solidify their third place in the standings.
“But in a situation like this, we firmly believe that there aren’t any “team orders” with the exception of the golden rule of not taking each other out. We’re all looking forward to a great finale to what’s been a fabulous season.”