Hurczyn holds off Walker in TC America St. Pete Race 1 thriller
Michael Hurczyn recovered from close to catastrophe on the opening lap to assert his first-ever TC America TCR victory in a dramatic Saturday race on the streets of St. Petersburg.
The FCP Euro driver gained from pole in his Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, but it surely was removed from an easy triumph after a conflict with teammate Nate Vincent dropped him to the again of the TCR class battle.
Vincent, who began alongside Hurczyn after FCP Euro scored a 1-2 in qualifying, made a implausible begin and was all around the again of the sister Volkswagen till he tapped his teammate, sending him extensive because the pair raced into the ultimate right-hander on the finish of the primary lap.
Hurczyn’s second promoted Vincent into the lead with James Walker Jr. Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR in tow. Hurczyn recuperate shortly, although, and charged proper again by means of the TCR pack, working his well beyond Walker exiting Flip 10 after which getting again his lead when Vincent was referred to as to serve a drive-through penalty for the early contact.
Hurczyn nonetheless had work to do as Walker narrowed the hole within the closing levels. However the FCP Euro driver held on to take his first TCR victory which was additionally a primary win for the Connecticut-based staff.
The win strikes Hurczyn to the highest of the drivers’ championship after three races.
Having served his penalty, Vincent rallied to set the quickest lap of the race, however ran out of time and got here up simply in need of catching TCR Cup winner Bryan Putt, who held on to 3rd and a spot on the rostrum by 0.386s.
Putt reeled off a sequence of fast laps in his e.europarts.com ROWE Racing Audi RS three LMS TCR to maintain Vincent at bay within the closing laps and earn his first general top-three end.
Finishing the rostrum in TCR Cup had been the Audis of Jay Salinsky (RS Werkes) and Michael McCann Jr. (McCann Racing) who completed forward of the Alphasonic Motorsports Audi pairing of Nelson Chan and Alain Lauziere.
Eric Powell’s dominant run within the TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS gave him high honors within the invitational TCA class, with Mike Ogren second and Kevin Anderson third.
TC America race 2 will get underway tomorrow at 4:40 p.m., with reside protection accessible at World-Problem.com.