Toronto-based Compass Racing dominated the TCR class of the IMSA Continental Tire Challenge for its fifth victory of the season in front of its home crowd at Bowmanville Park.
The victory came at the hands of Tom Long and Britt Casey Jr. in the #77 Audi RS3 LMS, who also started from the pole. This was the third victory of the season for the pairing, which swept the two, four-hour races on the calendar this season at Daytona and last weekend at Watkins Glen.
“For Compass Racing to win here at home, I think [Team Owner] Karl Thompson was super, super happy,” said Casey, Jr. “We have a lot of Canadians on the team, so coming into the weekend it was a home field advantage. There was a different vibe around the weekend for sure, coming in locally, so that was definitely an advantage on our part.”
After entering the weekend second in the TCR championship standings, the team’s win moved Long and Casey Jr. into the top spot ahead of teammates Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer in the #74 Compass Racing Audi. Wittmer and Sales had struggles, with an error during the team’s pit stop resulting in damage that sent the car to the paddock for 30 minutes.
Inching closer to the top step of the podium, however, is the #54 JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi of Stephen Simpson and Michael Johnson, who finished a personal-best second place, one week after the team took its first podium finish at Watkins Glen.
Rounding out the podium was another Compass Racing machine, the #75 of Pierre Kleinubing and Roy Block. This team also earned some redemption after taking the pole at Watkins Glen, but involvement in a first-lap incident ended the car’s day.
The next round of the series will be the 2 Hours of Lime Rock on 21 July.
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