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Hindman Holds On for Win; BHA Hyundai Breaks Through in TCR

Park Place Motorsports claims IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge victory at Mid-Ohio…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Trent Hindman held off a hard-charging Dylan Murry and a series of late-race restarts in tricky conditions to give Park Place Motorsports victory in Saturday’s Mid-Ohio 120.

Hindman took the No. 7 VOLT Lighting-sponsored Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to a 3.361-second win over Murry’s Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 following a hard-fought IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge contest.

The Porsche assumed the lead when a pair of BMW M4 GT4s, which were running 1-2 at the time, pitted for rain tires on the race’s fourth restart in the mixed-condition race.

With sprinkling rain on a damp track, Hindman, as well as Murry and the third-placed No. 39 Carbahn Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Jeff Westphal, stayed out on Michelin slicks.

Two additional full course cautions reset the field and eliminated Hindman’s six-second lead at the time.

Hindman, however, benefitted from the lapped No. 56 Murillo Racing Mercedes GT4 of Eric Foss on the final restart, which got ahead of Murry and padded the gap.

Hindman shared top honors with co-driver Alan Brynjolfsson, giving the new-generation Porsche its first victory in Pilot Challenge competition.

The No. 65 Murillo Mercedes GT4 came home fourth overall and in class, behind the Sebring-winning Carbahn Audi of Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie.

Lewis Gives Hyundai Maiden Win in Thrilling TCR Finish

Michael Lewis gave Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai their maiden class win in IMSA competition following a wild finish in TCR.

Lewis edged out the No. 61 Roadshagger Racing by eEuroparts Audi RS 3 LMS TCR of Jon Morley following last-lap contact between Morley and the No. 81 Mark Motors Racing Audi TCR of Remo Ruscitti while battling for second.

Ruscitti and Lewis exchanged the lead in the closing laps as they made their way up the overall leaderboard in passing multiple GS class cars.

The GS traffic resulted in multiple lead exchanges, with the more favorable conditions for TCR cars resulting in Lewis and co-driver Mark Wilkins finishing fifth overall.

Lewis ran as high as third overall prior to the late-race yellows.

No further action was made for the contact between Morley and Ruscitti, who finished fourth in class.

RESULTS: Mid-Ohio 120

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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