GS Point Leader Bodymotion Racing Finishes Sixth While Team's ST Porsche Places Ninth at CTMP

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bodymotion Racing's Cameron Cassels and Trent Hindman still hold the lead in the Grand Sport (GS) point standings (unofficially) of the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge series, 140 to 136, after they finished sixth in the series' two-hour race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP, aka Mosport) Saturday afternoon.

The Ocean Township, N.J.-based team's GS entry had contact at least twice. Cassels, of Coldstream, British Columbia, had contact in Turn 1 on the first lap that compromised the car's front-end alignment, and the entry eventually went a lap down. Later, after the driver change under green on lap 30, there was contact between Hindman and Jared Salinsky that caused damage to the left rear of the Bodymotion car and sent Salinsky's Mini into a tire wall off Turn 3, bringing out a full-course caution.

The rest of the race went nonstop. Hindman, of Wayside, N.J., was never able to make up the lap, but he not only finished, he advanced from eighth to sixth at the checkered with the entry, which is sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and Trim Tex.

The team's Street Tuner (ST) car, the No. 31 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Bodymotion, VeriStor, the Apex Sports Car Academy and Delaware Investments, had an impressive showing until a penalty knocked it out of contention for a possible podium finish. Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. started eighth in that car and blasted to third before the end of one lap around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. He held third until lap 27, with about 1:20 remaining, but rose from fourth to second about four minutes later when the driver who passed him for third got a flat tire and he passed the driver who had been second.

Jones was still second when he pitted under the full-course caution around lap 36 for his co-driver, Drake Kemper of Thermal, Calif., to take over. The pit stop was an impressively quick one and Kemper took the lead at that point. He led from laps 37 through 40 and then dropped to third. He dropped to 13th when he served the penalty, which was for bumping into a changed tire during the pit stop, but he was able to battle back to ninth at the checkered.

The Bodymotion pit crew welcomed a pair of Canadian Forces military veterans, Corporal, AVN Tech Darryl Abelung and Corporal, AVN Tech Fetrat Ali. They were invited this weekend to observe the new program by an up and coming, not-for-profit organization called Operation Motorsport (see www.operationmotorsport.org). These CF veterans are part of the ill and injured roster and may become eligible for participation in Operation Motorsport in future races. Bodymotion Racing instructed and trained Mr. Eric Schnaithmann, who is a local import auto repair shop who has volunteered his facility and time to pre-train candidates for the program. Mr. Schnaithmann actually participated during team practice and in the actual race. Eric's duty was to wave the pit sign during the race to stop the cars in the proper position in the pit box.

A condensed broadcast of the race will air on Fox Sports 1 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, July 15. Other information is available on imsa.com.

After competing at two of the longest circuits on the schedule in the last two weeks, the series will tackle its shortest road course when it visits Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. July 21-22. Following that race the series visits the longest track on the circuit, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Aug. 3-6.

Post-race quotes follow:

Trent Hindman, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:

"That was a tough one. It was a bit rough for Cameron. He had a bit of contact early, just racing hard with the other Porsche Caymans out there. Unfortunately he got the front-end alignment knocked out a bit there, but no big deal. It happens. He soldiered on.

"By the time we came into pit lane and made our pit stop we went down a lap, which was unfortunate. I went straight out of the pits trying to push hard right away. I'm not too sure what happened on the apex out of Turn 3, but the right front of one of the Minis and the left rear of my car met. I still need to see the replay. It was just unfortunate. My apologies to those guys for whatever happened. I'd like to see what exactly it was because I thought I left that car plenty of room. But it's racing and it is what it is.

"That really messed up the left rear of our car. We had some pretty loose components on the left rear. But we were able to finish. We were able to bring home points, which is what this is all about. We're in this for the long haul. I'm just a bit disappointed because we had the winning car; we had the best car. We worked hard on its balance last weekend and all this week during testing and practice. We really got this thing dialed in so this is unfortunate. I feel bad for all the guys. We'll move on to Lime Rock."

Cameron Cassels, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:

"It was a hard race. I think we had a great car today but had a bit of contact on lap one Turn 1 with one of the C.J. [Wilson] cars that did something to the front end. From there we just kind of had to hang on. Unfortunately towards the end of that stint the McLarens were super strong. I think at one point they were 43 seconds ahead of the next car and we got a lap down. But we'll take the points we did receive and move to the next race."

"We got really lucky on the start. It looks like one of the Minis either missed a shift or had something happen to it and we were in the right lane so we went from eighth to third at the start. We settled in there and were able to keep pace with some of the Minis, which was good for us considering how strong they've been. I just hung out in the top three for most of my stint and a few of the Minis made some mistakes and we were able to get around them and ended up second [before our pit stop].Devin Jones, co-driver, No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"The guys on pit lane did awesome. We came off pit road in first so we had a really good shot at doing well. We just had an unfortunate penalty where we hit a tire coming off pit lane so we had to do a drive through. It was unfortunate, but those things happen.

"We can hold our heads high though knowing we had pretty good pace today. We just have to thank VeriStor and everyone who is supporting us this year. We'll go on to Lime Rock and prove our speed there and hopefully have a finish that reflects how good our speed has been."

Drake Kemper, co-driver, No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"The race could have been better for all of us but Devin had an incredibly strong start and moved the car up from eighth to third. Unfortunately we didn't get to pit under green because they had quite a little bit of margin there and that would have been nice.

"The crew did a phenomenal job on the pit stop. We exited pit lane in first, which obviously that's the best result. I had a strong few first laps but then had to serve a penalty for hitting a tire during the stop on pit lane. It was kind of all downhill from there. I was back in something like 13th position but made my way up to eighth, and just made a few mistakes here and there and ended up finishing ninth."

Mike Bavaro, team owner:

"The No. 12 car did well. We finished sixth, which keeps us in the points lead, so we're pleased with that.

"The No. 31 car led the race for awhile and we were in third place for a good amount of time. Unfortunately the cars that pitted in front of us pitted in the back of their box and when our guy had to leave, he made a sharp turn and hit one of the tires that had just been taken off, so we had to do a drive-through penalty, which put us back to 13th. However we got a top 10 out of the race in the end so we salvaged the day and we're pleased to move on to our next race at Lime Rock still leading the points in GS."

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