Bodymotion Racing Collects Podium Finish at Sebring and Unofficially Leads ST Standings

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bodymotion Racing unofficially leads the Street Tuner (ST) point standings in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series after Max Faulkner and Jason Rabe finished third in class Friday at Sebring International Raceway in the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team's No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds.

Faulkner, a rookie from Rumson, N.J., qualified fifth but capitalized on an incident between the top two runners in Turn 3 only 11 minutes into the two-hour race to rise to second. He held the runner-up spot until lap 14, and stayed in third until lap 19, when he regained second place by passing former series champion Mike LaMarra about 51 minutes into the race. Faulkner took the class lead on lap 25 when the leader had to make an emergency pit stop for fuel. Faulkner pitted under yellow on lap 27 for Rabe to take over, more than fulfilling his primary goal of turning the Porsche over to his co-driver in good shape.

Rabe, of Monticello, N.Y., had not just a battle but a true war during his time behind the wheel. He started his stint in fourth place, but he quickly moved into third behind the two Minis that eventually finished first and second. Around lap 35 with about 23 minutes remaining another Mini passed him to drop him to fourth, but he repassed that one on the following lap with 22 minutes left to regain the final podium position. The battle was not over, however, because the Mini repassed him with 18 minutes left to push him back to fourth. Rabe regained third with 12 minutes remaining, only to be pushed back to fourth once again with six minutes remaining. Rabe was not to be denied, however, as he regaining third with just two minutes left to secure the duo's second consecutive podium finish. Rabe also set the entry's fastest lap of the race on lap 33 with a time of 2:26.232.

The team's Grand Sport (GS) class car did not fare as well. Rookie Joe Robillard qualified 24th in the No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR sponsored by Med Compass and Competition Motorsport. He was minding his own business and putting down consistent laps when Craig Lyons crashed into him on lap 10. Lyons received a penalty for causing the accident. Somehow Robillard, of Short Hills, N.J., was able to not only continue, but to stay on the lead lap. He was as high as tenth in class, and he was 11th when he pitted under yellow on lap 26 to turn the car over to Stevan McAleer of Monticello, N.Y. McAleer set the car's fastest lap of the race on lap 41 with a 2:16.320, but unfortunately the car suffered a flat left-front tire with 27 minutes remaining after contact with a Mustang. It eventually finished 17th.

The race will be telecast on FOX Sports 1 on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, March 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern. The series' next event is May 4-6 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. More information can be found on imsa.com.

Post-race quotes follow:

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"It was a really good race. The opening couple of laps were a little tough. We got held up a little bit on the start, but then we were able to get back to the first Mini. Then in less than a lap we were able to catch up to the other three cars. They decided to take each other out so they handed us second place, which was really nice, and then we were able to hold on to that until the end of the stint. I had some good racing and some good fun. This is a great series. Big thanks to Bodymotion Racing, Competition Motorsport, Formula Racing, Monticello Motor Club, MacQuarie, Delaware Funds, and everyone who has gotten us here. It was a huge amount of fun, and a real good race for us."

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"It was a really tough stint. The track did not have much grip and I definitely had my hands full with the handling of the car, but all and all we still ended up on the podium. We kind of killed the Mini sweep, which was pretty cool and it was another good points day, honestly, for Max and I.

"The BMW had a little bit of bad luck, so we kind of capitalized on that with points in the championship.

"I want to thank Bodymotion Racing for putting an awesome car together all weekend. We always have a pretty good car here, and today obviously proved that with 

"I want to thank Delaware Funds by MacQuarie, Monticello Motor Club, Competition Motorsports and Bodymotion Racing. They're a bunch of great guys to help me get to this point. We got a podium at Sebring, which is awesome and a dream come true for sure.

"I couldn't be happier with Max and his stint. He kept us in the hunt. I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio."

Joe Robillard, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:

"It was a very exciting race. We started P24 and battled all the way up to P10 before I got out at just about the midway point in the race. I was punted in Turn 3 earlier on, which I was told looks pretty good on TV - or pretty bad on TV. But we bounced off the tire wall and just kept going and the car felt fine, just ugly. Stevan had a lot of trouble in the second half with car contact and a couple of flats. So we finished, but it was a tough day out there. Sebring will break your heart every time."

Stevan McAleer, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:

"You know, it's my favorite track on the schedule so I'm not happy at all. I feel bad for Joe; he was running great. He had a tough weekend with an off earlier in the weekend. He was just getting his confidence back when a fairly big mistake by one of the Mercedes took him out. The car wasn't bad, but it knocked the alignment out and we had no straight-line speed after that.

"We're chasing something. We didn't miss the window in setup; I think just with the (Wednesday test day) incident and trying to get the car back together, we just didn't get enough time to work on the set up.      

"I'm a little disappointed for the team and I'm really disappointed for Joe. He did a great job. I think we salvaged a 17thplace for staying out there, but I expected to win this race."

Mike Bavarro, team owner:

"I'm very happy for the boys. You know we're gratified to break up a Mini one-two-three, so we ended up being the meat in the Mini sandwich. We finished third, which is our second podium in a row.

"The boys did a good job taking care of the equipment They did a real good job on track, and we're very pleased with the performance of this car at this track. Our guys did a great job and the 21 car will be back for Mid-Ohio. We'll fix up all these dents, but we did well, and it was a good race."

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