IMSA Michelin Challenge @ Road Atlanta- Lewis and Wilkins are the champions

IMSA Michelin Challenge @ Road Atlanta- Lewis and Wilkins are the champions

16.10.2019: Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis ended the IMSA Michelin Challenge season in style as they won the last race at Road Atlanta, their third victory of the season, and so clinched the title in the TCR class.

Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis ended the IMSA Michelin Challenge season in style as they won the last race at Road Atlanta, their third victory of the season, and so clinched the title in the TCR class. Their teammates, Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi finished the race in fourth position and moved into second in the standings, securing a 1-2 for Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport.



The race started with the Audi of Britt Casey Jr. taking the lead from pole position, while Lewis made a cautious start from P2, dropped to sixth and began to recover. Positions were reshuffled several times following pit stops and safety car interventions. With thirty minutes left on the clock, Filippi was leading, closely chased by Lewis and Casey who passed him, moving into first and second.



In the closing stages, Lewis kept Casey at bay and crossed the finishing line with a 1.3 seconds margin, while Nick Galante snatched third from Filippi. Despite losing one position, fourth was enough for Filippi-Gottsacker to finish as runners up in the championship as they benefitted from the troubles of their competitors.



The Roadshagger Racing Audi of Jonathan Morley-Gavin Ernstone served a drive-through and dropped to third in the standings, while the Honda Civic of Blackstock and Tom O’Gorman retired with overheating problems and so they dropped from second to fourth in the points.




Race

1. M. Wilkins/M. Lewis (Hyundai Veloster N), 67 laps
2. B. Casey/M. Taylor (Audi RS 3 LMS), 1.313
3. N. Galante/J. Vance (Audi RS 3 LMS), 19.020



Championship points


1. Lewis-Wilkins 291 pts; 2. Filippi-Gottsacker 268; 3. Morley /Ernstone 267





Fabio Ravaioli- Photos: IMSA (LAT Images)

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16.10.2019 / MaP

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