FCP Euro staff 1-2 in St. Pete TC America TCR Race 2
The Connecticut-based FCP Euro staff claimed a historic 1-2 end on this weekend’s second TC America TCR race held on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile St. Petersburg avenue course.
Nate Vincent led house teammate (and Saturday race winner) Michael Hurczyn to clinch his maiden victory in SRO Motorsports America competitors, because the FCP Euro squad’s immaculate Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs starred all weekend.
The staff missed out on a 1-2 in Saturday’s Race 1 as a consequence of a drive-through penalty assessed Vincent, however was in a position to reverse its fortunes on Sunday with Vincent main nearly flag-to-flag and Hurczyn coming by way of for second after James Walker Jr.’s Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR crashed out.
Pole-sitter Vincent, who’d set the quickest lap in Saturday’s contest, misplaced floor off the road, and Hurczyn and a charging Walker surged forward.
The closely-matched prime three then traded quick lap instances in an intense center of the race that was delivered to an finish with 12 minutes to go when Walker’s Alfa Romeo hit the wall, bringing out the security automotive. (Walker was unharmed.)
Eight minutes beneath full course warning circumstances left Hurczyn with solely two laps of inexperienced flag racing to catch his teammate. Vincent’s restart was excellent, although, giving his teammate no room for an overtake and leaving the FCP Euro drivers to share victory honors evenly within the Florida solar.
Behind the FCP Euro 1-2, Bryan Putt capped off an ideal weekend with a sweep of the TCR Cup class victories and total podiums.
Driving the No. 15 e.Europarts.com ROWE Racing Audi RS three LMS TCR, Putt sped away from pole right into a commanding class lead, his trigger aided by a battle behind that includes the McCann Racing Audis of Nathan McCann Jr. and Christian Cole, and Jay Salinsky’s Quick MD Audi.
McCann Jr. got here by way of for second, ending simply forward of teammate Cole, who handed Salinsky with a well-timed, late-race braking transfer into Flip 1.
Within the invitational TCA class, Eric Powell scooped his second victory of the weekend, taking further care within the restart as his TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS was sandwiched between the 2 TCR leaders.
Powell stayed properly out of the general leaders’ means, and held off each Mike Ogren and Kevin Anderson in sister TechSport Subarus to finish a sweep of the TCA class silverware.