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Marcelli, Stacy Hold on for CTSC Win in Canada

Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy win with fuel-saving run in CTSC at CTMP…

Photo: Scott LePage/IMSA

Kyle Marcelli completed a fuel-saving run to secure his and Nate Stacy’s third Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge win of the season in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 on Saturday afternoon.

The Roush Performance/KohR Motorsports drivers took their No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4 to a two-second win over the No. 80 AWA Ford driven by Brett Sandberg and Martin Barkey.

While several other GS runners elected for a two-stop strategy in the two-hour race, Marcelli drove a 68-minute stint without refuelling and ultimately ran out of gas on the cool-down lap.

The win, their first since Mid-Ohio in May, moves Marcelli and Stacy into the championship lead heading into the next race at Lime Rock Park. 

A late-race pass for third moved Damien Faulkner onto the podium with his Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 which pitted twice.

The Irishman overtook Trent Hindman in the closing stages of the race to prevent VOLT Racing from giving the Ford Mustang GT4 a podium sweep.

Chad McCumbee brought the No. 8 Multimatic Motorsports-entered Ford to fifth while Jeff Westphal finished sixth with his Carbahn Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT4.

A header issue early in the race took Chase Briscoe and Scott Maxwell out of contention with their Multimatic Ford while Spencer Pumpelly and Dillon Machavern could only manage a 17th-place finish.

The RS1 drivers came to CTMP in the championship lead but a brake caliper issue on the No. 28 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR allowed the race winners to inherit the points lead.

Long, Casey Dominate TCR for Compass Racing

Tom Long and Britt Casey Jr. led from start to finish to give Compass Racing the TCR class victory and continue the Canadian team’s sweep of the season.

The No. 77 car held on in the all-Audi RS3 LMS TCR field while a battle took place for the remaining podium positions between Stephen Simpson and Pierre Kleinubing.

Simpson came out on top in the No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi while Kleinubing held on to third in the No. 75 Compass car.

Mark Pombo’s No. 52 MINI JCW came to a halt from the ST lead with seven minutes remaining after a troublesome race for him and Colin Mullan.

This moved Nick Galante into the lead for the final few laps to take BimmerWorld Racing’s first class win since Daytona with its BMW 328i driven by Galante and Devin Jones.

He finished five seconds clear of Derek Jones’ No. 37 MINI while Jason Rabe and the No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman completed the podium.

RESULTS: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Jerry

    July 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Seems like if you want to do good in this series you need to have a Ford

  2. Andy Flinn

    July 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I’m glad to see see six competitive Mustangs in this series. The Camaro GT4 is MIA. I don’t know if GM isn’t serious about selling Camaros or customers aren’t interested.

    • charles

      July 8, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      From what I heard, and it may not be correct, the Camaro GT4s are among the most expensive of the GT4 cars including some of the Mercedes, etc.

      I know that doesn’t sound right, but seems like the prices were shown on here earlier this year.

      So, it may be that customers aren’t interested in the price which may be the strategy behind the pricing.

      Also sounds like people might be turned off when a manufacturer says they don’t need to support the product. Mark Kent with GM said this:

      “The idea of a GT4 car is that you don’t need to support them,” he said. “You buy the car, the car’s capable to go racing.”

      Sell customer cars and don’t support them? Say what?????????????

      GM doesn’t like customer GT teams including GTE/GTLM, GT3, or GT4 and it’s been that way for some time.

      • MikeT66

        July 10, 2018 at 12:26 am

        Wow. A very different approach to the Ford/Multimatic view on the Mustangs. A shame, as those Camaros looked and sounded fantastic. Road And Track seem to give the Camaro a price tag of $259,000 (against roughly $225,000 for the Mustang), but without good factory support it’s a lot to spend.

  3. Larry

    July 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Porsche may as well leave. They hit the Cayman GT4 with a 15 kg weight increase after Daytona and they haven’t been competitive since.

    With the 3.8, it’s the smallest engine in the class. I think they gave them back 5 kg recently but I can’t find the article.

    PWC also hit them with 10 kg about the same time with the same result.

    I know that PWC (and seems I recall IMSA also) saying that the Cayman GT4 would be the baseline for the class and PWC did it on Friday night of the race weekend involved, St. Pete. They also raised their ride height.

    “Muehlner Motorsports team boss Bernhard Muehlner was outraged by the adjustments to the Porsche GT4 car, which set the pace on Friday in the hands of Gabriele Piana.

    “We were told the Porsche, as the baseline car [for BoP] that it could not be adjusted,” Muehlner told Sportscar365.”

    Oh well, that’s the way it is.

  4. Patrick

    July 9, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Happy for Dean Martin and KOHR… awesome people. They really deserve the results they are getting.

    Yeah, the Camaro GT4.R is the most expensive GT4 car. Next is the AMG. I posted prices in another article comment earlier this year.

    The Mustangs are the best value: great performance, great support (from Ford Performance/Multimatic) and good price-point.

    • JamesL

      July 9, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Do you have a link to the comment? Or do you recall the article title?

      Im interested in seeing a breakdown of the GT4 pricing.

      • Patrick

        July 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

        Had to think back to where I posted it – found it:
        https://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/james-excluded-from-gts-race-2/

        • Patrick

          July 9, 2018 at 11:14 am

          The Audi R8 is $232,000, btw.

          • Andy Flinn

            July 10, 2018 at 9:16 am

            OK thanks Patrick.

            The Camaro GT4 is at least $20,000 more than an Mercedes? That’s insane.

            GM seemed to have gotten a lot of PR in Road and Track and other magazines. I also saw one displayed by GM on the midway (but none in the CTSC race. Perhaps PR was the main objective.

            Next question:

            Robinson Racing’s Trans-Am shop is located near P&M’s facility. They have a relationship that goes back a ways. Does Robinson own their two new PWC GT4 Camaros or are they on loan from P&M?

  5. Andy Flinn

    July 10, 2018 at 9:18 am

    I saw the GT4 Camaro displayed at Sebring.

    • Patrick

      July 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Good question. I am thinking they bought them as they sold at least one of their AMG cars to TGM in Conti. Robinson, I would think has the $$ to do so..

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