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RS1 Takes Dominant CTSC Win at Daytona

Spencer Pumpelly, Dillon Machavern help RS1 open CTSC title defense in style…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

RS1 started its IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class championship defense off in style with a dominant win at the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.

Spencer Pumpelly started after qualifying the No. 28 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR on pole while his co-driver Dillon Machavern put in a strong final stint to lift the car from third to the lead in the final 20 minutes.

The sprint to the finish was set up by the race’s fifth caution period which was necessitated by Austin Cindric’s stranded Ford Mustang GT4 with 29 minutes to go.

When the race restarted nine minutes later, Machavern wasted little time getting the car back to the point, passing Greg Liefooghe’s Stephen Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the second horseshoe, then drafting past the race-leading DXDT Racing Mercedes GT4 of Aaron Povoledo coming onto the front straightaway.

From there, Machavern cruised to a win by 7.101 seconds.

Tyler Cook took second place in the No. 82 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4, passing Scott Maxwell’s No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 for the second spot with six minutes remaining.

Maxwell settled for third, followed by Jason Hart’s No. 72 Classic BMW machine in fourth.

The No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche of Joe Robillard and Stevan McAleer was the closest rival to the RS1 duo but was shuffled to the rear during the last round of pit stops.

McAleer, who sparred for the lead on multiple occasions with Pumpelly throughout the race, brought the car home in 12th.

The No. 77 Compass Racing Audi R3 LMS TCR took the first TCR class win in the history of the series, followed to the line by teammate Kuno Wittmer in the team’s sister Audi TCR.

Murillo Racing rounded out the podium with its No. 53 Audi TCR driven by Matthew Fassnacht and Justin Piscitell.

ST class honors went the way of BimmerWorld Racing and the duo of Nick Galante and Devin Jones in the No. 81 BMW 328i.

Rounding out the ST podium was the No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman of Max Faulkner and Jason Rabe and the No. 55 Murillo Racing Porsche of Tim Probert, Brent Mosing, and Piscitell who split his driving duties between the team’s TCR and ST entries and finished on the podium in both.

The race was slowed five times for incidents on track, the most serious of which was a four-car incident just after the halfway mark.

The problems began when George Kurtz in the No. 14 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 spun in Turn 1 following a restart, partially blocking the track.

The No. 22 Multimatic Motorsports Ford GT4 came to a stop to avoid Kurtz, but Russell Ward’s Winward Racing Mercedes GT4 and Steven Phillips in the No. 99 Automatic Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 had nowhere to go and piled into the stopped cars.

IMSA announced that Phillips was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation as a result of the accident.

RESULTS: BMW Endurance Challenge

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Jay

    January 26, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Looked like IMSA almost nailed this BoP. The Porsche’s clearly looked to be the quickiest between the 5 & 28 while the Mustangs, Mercs, and McLaren’s looked a bit choked on the Oval. However they were quick in the infield portion. I hope IMSA only fine tunes the BoP if anything as Sebring should be awesome with this field!! Great racing over the 4 hours of this race.

    • Trevor

      January 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly!

  2. Trevor

    January 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    A few thoughts on the race:
    -IMSA just about nailed the BOP for GS. Maybe add a couple pounds to the Cayman GT4s, but otherwise, they could run these settings all year, and the racing would be phenomenal.
    -The Fords run out of steam on the long straights.
    -TCR with one VW and multiple Audis was kinda boring.
    -The IMSA TV/radio app is hot garbage!

    • Bopper

      January 26, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Nailed the BoP for GS?

      Wow, I apparently watched a completely different race, one that had the GS class split into 2 categories. Basically, if there was just one Audi, BMW or Porsche still running in the top 10 at the final restart, that car would end up in victory lane. AMG teams in particular must be wondering why they even showed up.

      • Trevor

        January 26, 2018 at 10:03 pm

        I think you may have watched a different race. In the last 5 minutes of the race there were 5 different makes – including AMG – running in the top 6. Audi and A.M. weren’t among them, but they largely spent the race race running out of fuel or running into other cars.
        The Porsche and Bimmer obviously had an advantage on the top end, but the 570, GT, Vantage and Mustang were all strong on the infield.

      • Kayman

        January 27, 2018 at 12:33 am

        Hey, if you’re a Porsche or Bimmer fan, then yeah, the BoP was ‘nailed’.

        • Jack

          January 29, 2018 at 8:31 am

          Ding Ding You win the prize but I would add the Audi to that list.

  3. WBrowning

    January 27, 2018 at 1:39 am

    2 Cayman GT4s and 1 Audi were the only cars that ran 1:56 second laps, with the Caymans almost a full second quicker than the rest of the field. Give them 10 or 15kg and BoP looks pretty close to right.

  4. TailsLeMans722

    January 27, 2018 at 5:15 am

    I wonder why they stopped awarding the bonus point for fastest lap?

  5. Mountain

    January 27, 2018 at 11:41 am

    The #28 and #5 Cayman’s, for this race, seemed in a different league of GS to themselves. But, that’s this race. Maybe add a little weight to the Cayman’s but not much.

    The Mustang’s seemed a tad over-slowed in the straights. Maybe they need adjustment, but let’s see what Sebring looks like.

    Now, those BMW’s… I need to re-watch the end of the race to take another look at them getting to the front. When I saw they up there in the last 10 minutes, I couldn’t help but as myself, “Now where did you guys come from?” They seemed to all of a sudden be really quick towards the end.

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