First 2020 TC America win for Gonzalez Jr., Clay clinches TC title
The ultimate TC America race of the season bought underway in cool temperatures below sunny skies on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it surely was Victor Gonzalez Jr. who was sizzling, taking the general and TCR win – his first of the 2020 season.
The TC class was as soon as once more gained by Mat Pombo with Eric Powell claiming the TCA victory.
“It’s superb!” stated Gonzalez Jr. “I used to be crying the entire final lap due to the all of the onerous work we’ve put on this season. That is what racing is all about! I’ve to thank SRO, Honda, and the workforce for getting us right here to victory lane. I additionally wish to congratulate Tyler Maxson on the championship, he deserved it!”
Initially of the 40 minute contest it was CJ Moses and the No. 04 DXDT Honda Civic Kind-R TCR that led the sector to the inexperienced flag and very like Friday’s Race 1 the TCR area noticed some bumping as teammates Moses and Olivia Askew, within the No. 17 DXDT Honda, collided, seeing Askew spin. All that allowed Race 1 winner Tristan Herbert to seize the lead within the No. 44 New German Efficiency Audi RS3 LMS, with Victor Gonzalez sliding into second within the No. 99 VGMC Racing Honda Civic Kind-R TCR.
In TC, Mat Pombo and the No. 73 LA Honda World Honda Civic Kind-R held the lead with title contender Toby Grahovec within the No. 26 Basic BMW M240iR in second. Championship chief James Clay, within the No. 36 BimmerWorld M240iR, slotted into fifth.
Clay would shortly get round teammate Chandler Hull within the No. 94 BimmerWorld BMW and transfer into fourth place at school with 33 minutes left on the clock.
In TCA, Eric Powell, driving the No. 22 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS, led with lately topped class champion, Kevin Boehm, sitting second within the No. 9 Boehm Racing Honda Civic Si.
With 24 minutes left on the clock, Gonzalez Jr closed to inside .183 seconds of chief Herbert and made an attacking inside transfer at Flip 7, grabbing the general and TCR lead.
Because the clock ticked previous the 15 minute mark, Gonzalez Jr would develop his result in over 4 seconds in TCR, Pombo would lengthen his TC result in over 11 seconds, and Powell would maintain a virtually 3 second lead in TCA.
With below 10 minutes to go, Johan Schwartz, within the No. 31 Onerous Motorsport BMW M240iR, made two fast strikes round each Clay and Hull to seize fourth in TC; then, on the next lap, he swept round Mike LaMarra’s No. 37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Kind-R for third at school.
LaMarra would quickly face a difficulty and lose 5 spots.
On the subsequent lap, Schwartz ran extensive at Flip 12, permitting Clay to get on the surface of the No. 31 and drag race previous down the entrance straight. On the similar time, Bryson Lew, driving the No. 27 Basic BMW M240iR, pulled into Clay’s slip stream and drafted previous each Schwartz and Clay going into Flip 1, to seize third at school.
Because the checkered flag flew, Gonzalez Jr claimed the TCR and general win, Pombo took his second TC win of the weekend, and Powell claimed the TCA victory, his first of the season.
“Two days in a row for us!” exclaimed TC winner Pombo. “The LAP guys bought this automobile a few month in the past, and so they have labored so onerous to make it go, so I believe everybody sees we have now a contender right here in TC. The automobile was lights out all day, I’ve to thank everybody who put within the work to get us right here.”
“What a fully superior race! I couldn’t be extra happy with the fellows on the workforce, they put all of it collectively and we’re in victory lane at Indianapolis – how cool is that!” stated an excited Powell.
A fourth place end in TC was sufficient for BimmerWorld proprietor/driver Clay to say the championship over Grahovec, 251 factors to 237.
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