Bodymotion Racing Finishes Second at MRLS And Regains Second Place in GS Point Standings

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bodymotion Racing concentrated on pace, fuel strategy, tire conservation and staying out of altercations with its Grand Sport (GS) entry in Saturday's four-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In the end the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team and its drivers, Trent Hindman and Cameron Cassels, were rewarded with a second-place finish that helped them advance from third to second place in the point standings heading into the season finale Oct. 4-7 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.

Hindman, of Wayside, N.J., who turned 22 on Wednesday, crossed the finish line in third place, but the second-place car was penalized for avoidable contact and ended up ninth. Unofficially the Bodymotion Racing No. 12 Porsche Cayman GT4 sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and Trim Tex earned enough points to head to the season finale just 16 points out of the point lead after its third podium finish so far in the 10-event season. Cassels and Hindman have 241 points to Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott's 257.

Hindman qualified sixth on Friday, just 0.640 off the pole with a time of 1:33.189 for the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course near Monterey, Calif. He vaulted into fourth place at the start and then stayed in that position until he moved into third on lap 27. He set the car's fastest lap of the race two laps later with a time of 1:34.686.

Hindman pitted around lap 47 about an hour and 20 minutes into the race for Cassels, of Coldstream, British Columbia, to take over. Cassels started his stint in 13th position and the entry got a lap down, but Cassels was back on the lead lap and in eighth place by lap 59. Due to pit stops, he even led four laps from laps 60 through 63.

Cassels was in eighth at the halfway point on lap 69. Another pit stop and driver change around lap 73 with 1:50 remaining dropped the car to 11th and it again went down a lap, but Hindman got back on the lead lap seven minutes later on lap 78 by passing leader Jesse Lazare's McLaren. He then tried to make up track position, and by lap 87 he was ninth but faster than the eight drivers ahead of him. Around lap 97 he rose from seventh to third when many of his rivals had to pit for fuel and tires. Hindman pitted under yellow around lap 103 to drop back to sixth, but with 38 minutes left he was fifth, and he got fourth on lap 119 when the leader's car lost power. Hindman moved into third on lap 134 with only 2:54 left when Guy Cosmo hit the second-place driver, Chris Green, and he moved into second after the race when Cosmo was penalized for the contact.

Bodymotion's entry in the Street Tuner (ST) class, the No. 31 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Bodymotion, Veristor, the Apex Sports Car Academy and Delaware Investments, had a challenging event. Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. started 14th in class. He was up to tenth when he brought out the race's first yellow only 32 minutes into the race after the Aston Martin of Craig Lyons pushed him off course coming out of Turn 5, causing damage to the Porsche's right rear. It went behind the wall for repairs but later returned many laps down. Jones' co-driver, Drake Kemper of Thermal, Calif., was able to finish the race and move up one position for a 16th-place finish in class.

The race will be shown on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT.

Post-race quotes follow:

Cameron Cassels, Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada; co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:

"Today was certainly important for us; we needed to get back up on the podium. Mathematically we still have a chance. Today's finish certainly closes the gap. 

 "The race was really a rollercoaster; it was a nail biter. There are a billion different strategies to run in a four-hour race like this. It was a tough race. Going into Petit it's really about a race win. Wherever that race win takes us is where we finish in the championship, so it's not really about winning a championship anymore, it's about winning a race."

"All the way through the weekend to my last stint in the car I was nervous about where we would be at the end of the race. I just didn't think we had the performance in the car all weekend. That was a huge concern, because if we end up in a good position due to strategy at the end of the race, what's going to happen? I'm going to have to block really hard and defend. Odds are it just isn't going to be an enjoyable race. Trent Hindman, Wayside, N.J.; co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:

"It was still quite sketchy at times, I'd say. Normally, I'd walk away from second place happy but still slightly disappointed, because second place is the first loser. You don't want to be that guy. But this was really a win for us today. After the concerns of the performance of our car, getting absolutely everything out of it, we had a great strategy and awesome pit stops. I don't think it could have gone better for us. We certainly got lucky with some of the contact at the end. But to be honest I could kind of see it coming; a lot of guys were way too aggressive at the end. 

"We came here for a win, but I kept the championship in the back of my mind. After our last couple events, this is certainly a step in the right direction." 

Devin Jones, Mooresville, N.C.; co-driver, No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"This weekend was a little rough for us all around. The way the Cayman is right now, it's not super competitive compared to some of the other front-wheel drive cars. But we were going to give it our best shot. We were fighting really hard. We got up to around ninth or tenth. We were biding our time, just riding around. I think the No. 3 GS car, coming into Turn 5, got super sideways and basically close lined me and clipped the right-rear tire. From there the crew guys worked really hard to get us back out there and we were able to get back out, drive around and salvage something. 

"Road Atlanta should be a better race for us. It hasn't been the best year for us, but it's not from a lack of effort from the guys at Bodymotion Racing. It's kind of a home race for our sponsor, Veristor. We'd like to end the season on a high note."

Drake Kemper, Thermal, Calif.; co-driver, No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"Honestly, I'm running out of things to say positively about our race season. It's just bad luck. If we didn't have bad luck we wouldn't have any luck. I think we're going to have a killer car for Petit. That would be an awesome way to end the season. But this was a disappointment."