Bodymotion Racing Doubles Down with Second Podium in a Row in Street Tuner Class Saturday at CTMP

Monday, July 9, 2018

For the second week in a row, Bodymotion Racing's Max Faulkner and Jason Rabe finished on the podium in the Street Tuner (ST) division of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series when they placed third Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team's No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds.

It was their fourth podium finish in the series' five races held so far this season.

Faulkner qualified fifth for the two-hour race at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course, also known as CTMP and Mosport, with a time of 1:34.492, but the Rumson, N.J.-based driver passed two Mini Coopers on the first lap to vault into third place. He passed another one a few minutes later to rise to second, but he couldn't catch the pole-winning BMW and 17 minutes into the two-hour race he was back to fourth when the Minis repassed him. He pitted under green in the fifth position 64 minutes into the race, around lap 40, for Rabe to take over.

Rabe advanced to fourth when Mat Pombo stopped at the exit of Turn 5 with about 51 minutes remaining to bring out the race's only full-course caution. The Monticello, N.Y.-based driver passed Derek Jones' Mini for third on lap 47 with about 41 minutes remaining for third place, and set the entry's fastest lap of the race three laps later with a time of 1:34.150. With a half-hour left he was still third, about 4.4 seconds behind second, but Jones got him back a couple of minutes later to push him to fourth.

At that point it looked like the team was just going to miss a podium finish by one position. However, with 11 minutes left the class leader suffered damage to his car's left-front side. With 6:33 left in the race the leader slowed and rolled to a stop in a safe place off course, vaulting Rabe back up to third without bringing out another full-course yellow. Rabe was 14.619 seconds behind second and five laps ahead of the fourth-place finisher at the checkered.

Faulkner and Rabe are third in the point standings following Saturday's race with 150 points, just five points out of second and eight points out of the lead.

The team's Grand Sport (GS) entry, the No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR sponsored by Med Compass and Competition Motorsport, qualified 18th in class and rose five positions to finish 13th. Rookie Joe Robillard of Short Hills, N.J. qualified the car and kept it out of harm's way during his stint even though he's never even seen the track before this event. He was 16th for the bulk of his stint before he pitted under green around lap 37 about 54 minutes into the race.

His co-driver, Stevan McAleer of Monticello, N.Y., was 14th when he made a pit stop with about 6 minutes remaining to top off his Porsche's fuel cell, and advanced one more spot when one of his rivals also had to pit near the end.

The race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, July 15.

The series' next event is July 20-21 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. More information is available on imsa.com and Bodymotion Racing's social media accounts.

Post-race quotes follow:

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

"It was a good race for us. We got lucky on the start and we were up to P3. We advanced up to P2 early in the race, and then I got a track limit penalty, which put us back down to P4. Sadly, I had to give up a couple of positions, which was disappointing, and the Minis sort of got away from me. I battled with the No. 37 for a while. Then Jason got in the car and we got a lucky yellow. He did a good job to bring us back into contention. He was up to P2 briefly and then back down to P3, and wrestled with the Minis. It was a lot of fun out there and a good battle. A podium is nice but we have to get a win one day."

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

"Max had a great stint in the beginning. He was able to hang with the Minis, which was some good racing to watch on the box, for sure. We had a really good pit stop when I hopped in, and once I was out there we started to click off some decent laps. Then the full-course yellow came out, which was a lucky break for us. I was battling with the BMW and Mini for the first few laps, but then our car's handling just went away. It just seems like we missed the setup a little bit towards the end. I know a lot of other guys where battling with the greasy track and loose conditions. Our car did not want to drive straight; it was sideways everywhere. It was a real handful.

"Derek Jones and I had an awesome battle. I love racing with him; it's so fun. Then we got another lucky break with the Mini having the mechanical issue. That's honestly what we hoped for at the beginning of the race, just because we don't have the same pace as the turbo cars. It's very hard. We're flying brake zones and corners because in the straight zones we just don't have low-end torque.

"The No. 21 Bodymotion Racing/Delaware Funds/Monticello Motorclub/Competition Motorsport Porsche Cayman was OK, and we're happy to be on the podium. It was another solid points day, which is exactly what we needed. Hopefully BoP [balance of performance] will change at Lime Rock; we're really hoping so." 

"I think we finished 13th today, which is our best finish this season, so that's a positive. The biggest positive again was we were very similar in qualifying, and Joe is really stepping up his game. There was a point about 22 minutes into the race where he was running only about 1.5 seconds off of the leader, which is really important.Stevan McAleer, driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:

"We went a lap down, but again, he did a great job. The cautions didn't fall our way and the Porsche definitely needs help on the BoP. I had a lot of fun out there. Since we were a lap down, I was trying to be careful with who I was running with and just bring the car home in one piece. We had some pace and were certainly quick there at the end. We have to look forward to Lime Rock, which is a shorter track than here, which will be good for the Porsche."

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

"We didn't have the fastest car out there, but Stevan did a great job. I had a long stint and held out over the TCR cars, but ultimately went a lap down and had some trouble in the pits. So it wasn't a great day, but the car is in one piece."

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