Continental Tire Beyond the Podium looks at some of the other news, notes and nuggets to come out of this past weekend’s fifth round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season, from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
***Austin Cindric becomes the youngest overall and class winner in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge history at the age of 16 years, 10 months and 9 days. The previous youngest was Eric Lux, who won Daytona in 2006 at 17 years, 10 months and 5 days.
***It was a bittersweet day for the Multimatic crew, as the pole-sitting No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C was destroyed in a heavy crash with just over one hour remaining. Scott Maxwell escaped injury, but it’s expected the team will need to build a brand-new car in time for the next round at Lime Rock Park in two weeks.
***After its three-race win streak came to an end, Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell ended third in the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R. It marks the worst result of the season thus far, but was still their fifth podium in as many races.
***It was another challenging race for Ashley Freiberg, who retired with less than 30 minutes complete after her No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 stopped on track to bring out the first full-course caution. Trent Hindman did not get to drive.
***Mantella Autosport rebounded from a heavy accident on Friday, which saw its No. 8 Camaro Z/28.R end up on its side, to finish fifth overall and in class, following a late charge by Mark Wilkins after taking over from Anthony Mantella.
***The team’s second car, the No. 80 of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey, finished sixth to give the team its best combined result of the season. All four drivers are Canadians, and were the best finishing local drivers in either GS or ST in the series’ lone Canadian race.
***The No. 14 Doran Racing Nissan 370Z battled a misfire to finish eighth in class.
***Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez’s CTSC moonlights came to an end early when Nunez’s No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 came to a halt on track in the final hour to bring out the final yellow. The pairing had just a single 45-minute practice session prior to taking the start.
***A misfire took the No. 34 Alara Racing Mazda MX-5 of polesitter Devin Jones out of contention, and took the Jones/Christian Szymczak car back to 21st.
***Past ST class champions Burton Racing recorded their best finish of the season, in fourth place, with Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra sharing the No. 23 BMW 128i.
***Chad Gilsinger had an issue where his No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si shut off while leading, which caused a bottleneck. Kevin Boehm, who had shared the No. 93 car at Watkins Glen, shifted back to the No. 92 car and finished sixth.
***Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer will move ahead of Justin Piscitell for second in ST points behind class leaders Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer. McCumbee and McAleer finished eighth, while Piscitell ended 16th following his last-minute appearance in Murillo Racing’s No. 65 BMW 328i.
Spencer Pumpelly and Andrew Carbonell checked in with Sportscar365 following their epic battle for the ST class win.
Both drivers were seeking their second win of the season, with Pumpelly ultimately prevailing in the No. 17 Rennsport One Porsche Cayman he shared with Luis Rodriguez Jr.
John Dagys contributed to this report