A four-car incident in turn three halts the scheduled 40-minute event
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada – Paul Holton of Orlando, Fla., Dean Copeland of of Grasonville, Md., and Jake Pipal of Oakdale, Calif., captured the three Touring Car divisions Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the Pirelli World Challenge Victoria Day Speedfest.
The 40-minute Round 3 TC race was shortened to nine laps after the red flag was thrown due to a four-car incident in turn 3 of the 2.458-mile, 10-turn CTMP road circuit. Cameron Maugeri, Chris Ohmacht, Samantha Tan and Tom O’Gorman were involved in the mishap that blocked a portion of the track and forced the stoppage of the event. Due to track repairs, the PWC stewards made the decision to end the race Saturday.
Holton, the 20-year-old racer from Orlando, Fla., grabbed the lead from his pole position in the No. 71 C360R Audi R3 LMS Clubsport and never looked back as he expanded his lead to five seconds over Nick Wittmer of Montreal, Que., in the No. 91 ST Racing BMW M235iR at the seven-lap mark. A yellow flag period closed up the TC field but Holton jumped out to an advantage at the green flag.
When the red flag was thrown, it was Holton winning followed by Nick Wittmer, Karl Wittmer also of Montreal, Que., in the No. 99 Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord, Cody Ellsworth of Jupiter, Fla., in the RacerInk Motorsports Porsche Cayman and defending TC champion Toby Grahovec of Celina, Tex., in the No. 1 Classic BMW BMW M235iR.
“The BMW (Wittmer) has a bit more horsepower than we do so I knew at the start that Nick (Wittmer) was going to get me into turn one,” said Holton. “I would have to stick on the inside and then I could go on the outside of him on turn two, I had gone through it a thousand different ways in my head and it ended up working out. A few laps later we went to that full course caution and I managed to time the restart really well and got a big gap going into turn one. It’s unfortunate the race ended so early, it’s not the way I want to race or win a race but I’ll take the points, put them in a bag and move on to tomorrow.”
Copeland’s win came after a spirited battle with reigning TCA class champion Elivan Goulart of Shelton, Conn., and VIR double race winner Matthew Fassnacht of Madison, N.J. Some great wheel-to-wheel action saw the three Mazda drivers in a tremendous race before Copeland’s No. 07 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX-5 Cup held the leading margin when the red flag appeared. Goulart took second in his No. 70 S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5 with Fassnacht rounding out the TCA podium with his No. 74 S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5.
“It was definitely a tight battle,” said Copeland. “I knew that Elivan (Goulart) was not going to give me any room to breathe so I had to settle in and not look at my mirrors since he was giving me all I could handle. The car was handling really well, doing everything I wanted; the new Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car is a great transfer-over car right into PWC and it does everything a driver can ask for. I have to thank everyone at Mazda Motorsports and Longwood Racing for giving us a turnkey car that is a blast to drive and with the Pirelli tires in this series, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season and definitely getting out there tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little less flag-filled, but we’ll take what we can get and at the end of the day a win is a win.”
For Pipal, the victory wasn’t easy as he fought off local favorite P.J. Groenke in the No. 25 Tech Sport Racing/Verax.com/Tundra Technical Solutions Chevrolet Sonic, to score the TCB win in the No. 6 Pipal Racing Honda Fit.
Round 4 for the Touring Car categories will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT Sunday (May 21) at CTMP and will be live-streamed on World-Challenge.com and MotorTrendOnDemand.com. The PWC series then moves to popular Lime Rock Park for TC Rounds 5 and 6 next week (May 26-27).
Results from the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Touring Car Classes (TC / TCA / TCB) Rd.3. Results are posted Final.
1,1, TC,Paul HOLTON,Orlando, FL,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,9,Running,18:32.209,
2,2, TC,Nick WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:33.738,1.529
3,3, TC,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec,Honda Accord,9,Running,18:35.048,2.839
4,4, TC,Cody ELLSWORTH,Jupiter, FL,Porsche Cayman,9,Running,18:36.040,3.831
5,5, TC,Toby GRAHOVEC,Celina, TX,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:36.721,4.512
6,6, TC,Anthony MAGAGNOLI,Dexter, MI,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:37.562,5.353
7,7, TC,Anthony GERACI,Glen Cove, NY,Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport,9,Running,18:38.585,6.376
8,8, TC,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:40.395,8.186
9,9, TC,Greg LIEFOOGHE,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:41.483,9.274
10,10, TC,Jason COUPAL,Rochester, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,9,Running,18:42.400,10.191
11,11, TC,Tony RIVERA,Oceanside, CA,Nissan 370Z,9,Running,18:43.722,11.513
12,12, TC,Justin RAPHAEL,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:44.526,12.317
13,13, TC,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:45.228,13.019
14,14, TC,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:50.262,18.053
15,15, TC,Robert NIMKOFF,Newton, CT,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:51.840,19.631
16,16, TC,Cameron MAUGERI,Ormond Beach, FL,Lotus Exige,9,Running,18:53.121,20.912
17,17, TC,Jeff RICCA,Milford, CT,Genesis Coupe,9,Running,18:53.967,21.758
18,18, TC,Dennis HANRATTY JR,Mechanicsburg, PA,Lotus Exige,9,Running,18:54.828,22.619
19,19, TC,John WEISBERG,Webster, NY,Mazda MX-5,9,Running,18:55.645,23.436
20,20, TC,Shea HOLBROOK,Fulshear, TX,Honda Accord,9,Running,18:56.574,24.365
21,21, TC,Stefan SAJIC,Belgrade, Serbia,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:57.825,25.616
22,22, TC,Chris OHMACHT,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:58.572,26.363
23,23, TC,Samantha TAN,Gormley, ON,BMW M235iR,9,Running,18:59.412,27.203
24,1, A,Dean COPELAND,Grasonville, MD,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,9,Running,19:01.111,28.902
25,2, A,Elivan GOULART,Shelton, CT,Mazda Gobal MX-5 Cup Car,9,Running,19:02.725,30.516
26,3, A,Matthew FASSNACHT,Madison, NJ,Mazda MX-5,9,Running,19:03.877,31.668
27,4, A,Tom O’GORMAN,Mason, OH,Honda Civic Si,9,Running,19:04.691,32.482
28,5, A,Gary KWOK,Markham, ON,Honda Civic,9,Running,19:05.469,33.260
29,6, A,Eric POWELL,Orlando, FL,Mazda MX-5,9,Running,19:06.698,34.489
30,7, A,Eric LAPORTE,Blainville, Quebec,Honda Civic Si,9,Running,19:07.861,35.652
31,8, A,Daniel MOEN,Rindge, NH,Mazda MX-5,9,Running,19:09.101,36.892
32,1, B,Jake PIPAL,Oakdale, CA,Honda Fit,9,Running,19:10.154,37.945
33,2, B,P.J. GROENKE,Richmond Hill, ON,Chevrolet Sonic,9,Running,19:11.203,38.994
34,3, B,Canaan O’CONNELL,Chandler, AZ,Chevrolet Sonic,8,Running,18:32.799,1 LAP
35,4, B,Travis WASHAY,Milford, CT,MINI Cooper,8,Running,18:34.718,1 LAP
36,5, B,Taylor HANDWERK,Jim Thorpe, PA,MINI Cooper,8,Running,18:39.399,1 LAP
37,6, B,Blake THOMPSON,Oak Creek, WI,Mazda 2,8,Running,18:46.051,1 LAP
38,7, B,Ted SAHLEY,Cleveland, OH,Mazda 2,8,Running,18:46.963,1 LAP
39,8, B,Jasper DRENGLER,Shawano, WI,Honda Fit,8,Running,18:47.983,1 LAP
40,24, TC,John ALLEN,Denver, CO,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,8,Running,18:48.983,1 LAP
41,25, TC,Chetan PURANIK,Belgaum, India,BMW M235iR,4,Not Running,6:29.674,5 LAPS
42,9, A,Kevin ANDERSON,Huntington Station, NY,Scion FR-S,3,Not Running,13:05.906,6 LAPS
43,26, TC,Rodrigo SALES,Sonoma, CA,BMW M235iR,1,Not Running,1:41.614,8 LAPS