Wilson Combine To Give TRG-AMR First GS Victory In Continental
Tire Challenge At Kansas Speedway
Gilsinger Take ST Victory For Honda Over Nonnamaker
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (June 7, 2014)
– Fresh from
his rookie run in the Indianapolis 500, James Davison
prevailed in a terrific battle with Matt Plumb
throughout the final hour to win Saturday night’s
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Kansas
Kris Wilson teamed in the No. 07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin
Vantage giving Davison, the team and Aston Martin their
first victory in the series. It was the second victory
for Wilson, who narrowed the gap in the Grand Sport (GS)
point standings in the process.
started from the pole and led the opening 70 minutes of
the two-hour, 30-minute race up until his pit stop. That
gave the lead to Matt Plumb, who took over for starting
driver Nick Longhi early in the race in the No. 13 Rum
Bum Racing Porsche 911.
his charge throughout the final 30 minutes, getting
around Plumb in traffic with 24 minutes remaining. Plumb
recovered and regained the lead, only to see Davison get
back in front to stay with 13 minutes left. Racing
without radio communications, Plumb stumbled on fuel
with two laps remaining, forcing a late pit stop that
resulted in a fourth-place finish.
certainly a competitive race, and I was trying as hard
as I could,” Davison said. “I did throw away the (Mazda
Raceway) Laguna (Seca) race, so I’m pleased for the
whole TRG-AMR team. Kris did a great job putting the car
on pole and he gave me the car in a competitive
position. That made it easier for me than any other race
I’ve had before, not having to come from behind.”
Aquilante finished second in the No. 32 Phoenix American
Ford Mustang Boss 302R started by Kurt Rezzetano, 20.934
seconds back, followed by Brett Sandberg and Al Carter
in the No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche 911.
and Trent Hindman entered the race with a commanding
25-point lead (127-102) in the GS standings, but the No.
46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 drivers never were in
contention and finished 16th, four laps down.
“We had a
loss of power, and it started on the pace lap,” Edwards
said. “That’s why I got swarmed on the opening lap. The
power came back, but it went away again. All we could do
was stay out and get as many points as we could.”
Gilsinger Win ST In HART Honda Civic Si
Michael Valiante beat the Street Tuner (ST) field to the
checkered flag in the inaugural Continental Tire
Challenge race at Kansas Speedway – only to be penalized
after the race for “manipulating the field” on the final
restart which resulted in an 11th-place finish.
Valiante came out ahead in a battle with Wayne
Nonnamaker, joining Gilsinger for the first victory of
the season in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si.
the lead with 45 minutes remaining from Charles
Espenlaub, who took over the No. 87 Rebel Rock Racing
Porsche Cayman started from the ST pole by Corey Lewis.
Wayne Nonnamaker – who took over for his brother Will
Nonnamaker in the No. 42 Team Sahlen’s Porsche Cayman –
made repeated attempts to take the lead over in the
final 30 minutes, but came up 0.794 seconds short.
“This was one
of the toughest wins I’ve had, with that much pressure
and knowing that second and third were coming,” Valiante
said. “I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes, particularly
when they are on your bumper. I kept telling myself,
‘hit your marks, hit your marks’ and get good exit
shots, and I was able to pull it off.”
Espenlaub finished third to give Rebel Rock Racing its
second podium finish of the night, followed by Ryan
Eversley and Kyle Gimple in the No. 75 Compass360 Racing
Honda Civic Si, and Jim Jonsin and Tom Dyer in the No.
88 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman.
The next race
for the Continental Tire Challenge will be at Watkins
Glen International on Saturday, June 28.