Murillo Tops TCA, O’Connell Quickest in TCB

GRANTSVILLE, Utah – BMW’s Greg Liefooghe of San Francisco, Calif., and Mason Filippi of Alamo, Calif. led the two Friday Pirelli World Challenge practice rounds for the Touring Car class at Utah Motorsport Campus in the Security National Mortgage Supercar Grand Prix of Utah.

Liefooghe, a TC race winner at VIR in May, recorded the fastest TC lap on Friday in the No. 20 Stephen Cameron Racing/ART Racing BMW M235iR at two minutes, 4.437 seconds for an average speed of 88.17 miles per hour around the popular 3.048-mile, 14-turn UMC road circuit.

Filippi, a TC winner at CTMP, was fastest in the afternoon in his No. 12 Winding Road Team TFB BMW 235iR with a 2:05.959 (87.11 m.p.h.) as the 90-plus degree heat took its toll on the racing surface for the 48-car overall TC field.

Second overall for the day went Justin Raphael of Franklin Lakes, N.J., in the No. 29 Classic BMW M235iR at 2:05.723 (87.27 m.p.h.) followed by defending TC series champion Toby Grahovec of Celina, Tex., in the No. 1 Classic BMW M235iR at 2:05.857 (87.18 m.p.h.), Filippi at 2:06.100 (87.01 m.p.h.) and current TC point leader Paull Holton of Orlando, Fla., in the No. 71 C360R Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport at 2:06.108 (87.01 m.p.h.).

“The guys prepped a good car for us. I was running really well in the morning,” said Liefooghe. “The balance was really good which is important here with all the long corners. We ran into some issues in the afternoon but we are going to be working on them. This class is so competitive and with 22 BMW’s in TC everyone has the same equipment and you only have a few things to adjust. It makes it super fun because it comes down to driving and also the little details in setup that make a big difference because if you can’t change big things, you have to focus on those little details.”

Kenny Murillo of Santa Rosa paced the TCA action Friday at Utah with a 2:13.154 (82.40 m.p.h.) over defending TCA champion Elivan Goulart of Shelton, Conn., in his No. 70 S.A.C. Racing Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car to a 2:13.656 (82.09 m.p.h.) followed by Craig Stanton of Yorba Linda, Calif., in the all-new No. 86 DG-Spec Toyota TMG 86 car with 2:13.763 (82.03 m.p.h.).

Young Canaan O’Connell of Chandler, Ariz., son of four-time GT champion Johnny O’Connell, led TCB driver in Friday practice with a 2:28.698 (73.79 m.p.h.) in the No. 24 TechSport Racing Chevrolet Sonic over Jasper Drengler of Shawano, Wisc., at 2:29.225 (73.53 m.p.h.) in the No. 01 Drengler Racing Honda Fit. Both drivers set their quickest times in the morning session Friday.

The Touring Car division will have two 40-minute Sprint races on Saturday with Round 7 scheduled for 12:30 p.m. MDT and Round 8 set for 5:10 p.m. MDT.

Results from the afternoon TC practice session at the Pirelli World Challenge Security National Mortgage Supercar Grand Prix of Utah.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, ,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,BMW M235iR,4,Not Running,2:05.959,87.1
2,2, ,Paul HOLTON,,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,9,Not Running,2:06.108,87.0
3,3, ,Greg LIEFOOGHE,San Fransisco, CA,BMW M235iR,11,Running,2:06.442,86.7
4,4, ,Anthony MAGAGNOLI,,BMW M235iR,7,Not Running,2:06.699,86.6
5,5, ,Toby GRAHOVEC,Celina, TX,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,2:06.705,86.6
6,6, ,Travis WASHAY,Milford, CT,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,9,Not Running,2:07.094,86.3
7,7, ,Nick WITTMER,,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,2:07.214,86.2
8,8, ,Jayson CLUNIE,Prince Albert, Saskatchewan,BMW M235iR,11,Not Running,2:07.376,86.1
9,9, ,Robert NIMKOFF,Newtown, CT,BMW M235iR,9,Not Running,2:07.402,86.1
10,10, ,Karl WITTMER,,Honda Accord,8,Not Running,2:07.414,86.1
11,11, ,Chris OHMACHT,,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,2:07.436,86.1
12,12, ,Anthony GERACI,,Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport,11,Not Running,2:07.829,85.8
13,13, ,Jeff KEARL,San Clemente, CA,BMW M235iR,9,Not Running,2:07.832,85.8
14,14, ,Justin RAPHAEL,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,2:07.834,85.8
15,15, ,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,2:07.858,85.8
16,16, ,Tony RIVERA,Oceanside, CA,Nissan 370Z,10,Not Running,2:07.873,85.8
17,17, ,Stefan SAJIC,Belgrade, Serbia,BMW M235iR,7,Not Running,2:08.008,85.7
18,18, ,Samantha TAN,,BMW M235iR,12,Not Running,2:08.039,85.6
19,19, ,Max FEDLER,Denver, CO,BMW M235iR,9,Not Running,2:08.874,85.1
20,20, ,Henry SCHMITT,,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,2:09.093,84.9