Ford, Porsche Lead Point Races Entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Ford, Porsche Lead Point Races Entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Porsche Cayman GT4 Seeks Fourth Straight Victory In GS For Bodymotion Racing

RS1 Porsche Takes Lead In ST Battle As Pumpelly, Galante Win First Of 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – A pair of Toronto-based Ford teams lead the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge standings heading to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Saturday’s race, Round 5 of the 2016 season, although Porsche teams are heating up the challenge with three consecutive victories.

Multimatic Motorsport fields the Grand Sport (GS) class points-leading No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Billy Johnson and Toronto resident Scott Maxwell. C360R also looks for the hometown edge in a Multimatic Motorsport customer car, the No. 76 AERO Advanced Paint Technology/Children’s Tumor Foundation of Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing.

“I’m excited, because I grew up near the track and I will have a lot of family and friends coming to the race,” Maxwell said. “I know that place like the back of my hand, and on top of that, we had a terrible weekend last year, when we had a potential winning car and got taken out. So there’s a few reasons why I can’t get back to racing there.”

While Multimatic Motorsport holds the championship lead, two Porsche teams are closing in. Trent Hindman and Canadian Cameron Cassels are riding a three-race winning streak in the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, while CJ Wilson Racing had both of its cars on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Watkins Glen.

Maxwell and Johnson have had their lead trimmed to seven points over Marc Miller and Winnipeg’s Daniel Burkett, drivers of the No. 33 ONE Capital Management/MotorOilMatters.org Cayman GT4, 123-116. Holton and Kleinubing are third with 110 points, while Hindman and Cassels – who sat out the season opener at Daytona – have moved to fifth with 105 points.

“This will be the first time I’ll ever be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and I can’t wait to get there,” said Cassels, a Coldstream, British Columbia resident who has won three of his four career Continental Tire Challenge races. “I’m really excited to finally get the race there. I’m looking forward to see how we’ll do as a team, and I hope we can keep the momentum going.”

Pumpelly, Galante Take First Victory Of Season In RS1 Porsche, Take ST Points Lead

Spencer Pumpelly and Nick Galante took their first victory of the season last weekend at Watkins Glen in the No. 17 RS1 Legistics/RickieFowler.comPorsche Cayman. Entering the event tied for second in the Street Tuner (ST) standings – trailing by four points – Pumpelly and Galante now lead by seven points, 113-106.

“We won four races and had five podiums last year, but we also had a lot of mechanical problems,” Pumpelly said. “Watkins Glen was a big points day for us. A lot of really good cars had problems last week, so I think Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be a big fight with 10 or 12 cars that can win the race. It will be tougher this week. We’re happy to reach the midway point of the season with a win and some real good finishes, so I think we’re in real good shape for the championship.”

Defending ST champions Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer are second in the standings after placing fourth at Watkins Glen in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport ModSpace Mazda MX-5. Many of the ST contenders encountered problems at The Glen. Former leader Chad Gilsinger placed 21st and fell to third with 92 points, 21 behind the leaders. Gilsinger will be joined by Ryan Eversley in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si this weekend.

NOTEBOOK

  • CJ Wilson Racing will entertain a number of National Hockey League players at the race. The guests of ONE Sports – which represents more than 90 NHL players – will have a pre-race tour before watching the event from a suite in the Event Centre.
  • Remo Ruscitti of Vancouver will return to the No. 18 RS1 SuperSeats/Romero Investment/Advisors Porsche Cayman this weekend, co-driving with Dillon Machavern.
  • Continental Tire Challenge practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will begin on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET, with qualifying at 5:10 p.m. The two-hour, 30-minute Continental Tire Challenge race will take the green flag on Saturday at 12:25 p.m. ET. The race will be streamed live at IMSA.tv.

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