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Weekly Racing Roundup (9.2.19)

Reports from the weekend’s GT4 Euro, TCR America and Saleen Cup races…

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Bullitt, Ekris Win GT4 European Races as Knap, Udell Crowned Champions

Bullitt Racing and Ekris Motorsport each claimed a victory in the GT4 European Series finale at the Nürburgring, while Simon Knap and Alec Udell clinched the Silver Cup title.

Romain Monti and Alex Lambertz took their second win of the season on Saturday, driving Bullitt’s No. 66 Mercedes-AMG GT4, and finishing 3.5 seconds clear of Ricardo van der Ende and Euan McKay.

Van der Ende and McKay went one better in Race 2 on Sunday, converting pole position into a fairly unchallenged win with their Ekris M4 GT4.

Knap and Udell secured the title with just a fifth and a sixth place finish in their MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4, meanwhile. 

They actually finished the season equal on points with Leipert Motorsport’s Jan Kisiel and Max Koebolt, but the MDM drivers took the title by virtue of having more wins.

Another of Leipert’s pairings, Luci Trefz and Marcus Paverud, claimed the Pro-Am championship, while Street Art Racing’s Clement Seyler and Pascal Bachmann took Am class honors.

RESULTS: Race 1; Race 2

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McCann Sweeps TCR America at Watkins Glen

Michael McCann Jr won both TC America TCR races at Watkins Glen International on Saturday and Sunday with his Audi RS 3 LMS.

He finished ahead of the pair of FCP Euro Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs on both occasions, albeit in different positions, with Nate Vincent and Michael Hurczyn each scoring a second and a third place finish.

In Race 1, McCann slipped past Mason Filippi at the bus stop to make the race-deciding move, while Filippi ended up dropping back behind both FCP Euro Volkswagens.

Points leader Hurczyn led the field to the green in Race 2 but lost the lead to McCann, who again made a move into the bus stop.

Thereafter, the Audi driver was unchallenged for the lead, while Hurczyn finished ahead of his teammate Vincent, with James Walker fourth in Risi Competizione’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR.

RESULTS: Race 1; Race 2

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Powell, Davis Win Watkins Glen Saleen Cup Races

Eric Powell and Brandon Davis split the pair of Saleen Cup races at Watkins Glen International over the weekend.

Powell survived a race of attrition that was called ten minutes early with just three cars still running at the time of the checkered flag.

Austin Riley was second overall and first in the Young Guns class, while Martina Kwan completed the overall podium.

Race 2 saw Davis sprint out to a massive lead as mechanical gremlins caught up with his closest competitors.

He ultimately finished 38.828 seconds clear of second place Paul Terry, while Johan Schwartz completed the podium. Hanna Zellers earned the Young Guns class win.

RESULTS: Race 1; Race 2

Ryan Myrehn contributed to this report

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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