Grand Sport McLaren 570S GT4
- Paul Holton
- Matt Plumb
Duo Take Third Win of Season and Points Lead; Block and Kleinubing Place Third
BOWMANVILLE, CANADA – Compass Racing fought of hard competition at their home race to take another double-podium in IMSA's Continental Tire Sportcar Challenge debut season of TCR, with Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long notching their third win of the year.
Casey dispatched a spectacular pole position, his third of the season and led throughout his stint before handing his No. 77 TRUMPF / Cushman Wakefield / Oscar Mike / Race Day Foundation Audi RS 3 LMS to Long, who drove managed traffic well and brought the car home in P1.Prior to the race the No. 77 crew treated the fans on pit lane to a live pit stop demonstration, showing just how quickly a CTSC stop has to be.Rodrigo Sales qualified a season's-best third place in his No. 74 Pfaff Automotive / Audi Sport / Race Day Foundation Audi, as did Roy Block with a P5 for his No. 75 APR LLC / AlphaClone / Brooklyn Tailors / Race Day Foundation car.Unfortunately for the No. 74, it suffered a suspension failure, and thanks to the stalwart efforts of the Compass crew, managed to return to the track and take a fifth-place finish.For No. 75, though, it was redemption of sorts after the disappointment of Watkins Glen, with Kleinubing taking over for Block and bringing the car home in third place, the duo's second of the season.In the GS class, Matt Plumb qualified the No. 76 Misahara Jewelry / McLaren / Pfaff Automotive / Race Day Foundation McLaren 570S GT4 in eighth place, moving his way through the pack to hand off to team-mate Paul Holton with the car in second, showing the potential of the platform on a long run. Holton, alas, was unable to do the same, with handling issues relegating the car to eleventh at the drop of the checkered flag.The day belonged to Casey and Long, however, who helped Compass Racing celebrate their third CTSC win at their home track (the first dating back to 2007 with Karl Thomson and Billy Johnson), and the result moves them into first place in the TCR standings, three point clear of Sales and Wittmer. Block and Kleinubing are now tied for third place.