While the 12 hour race on Saturday is the main event, I appreciate the support series races and especially CTSC. With the CTSC race the last on track activity on Friday, I wish the series would extend the race from the short two hour format. The race day was over at 5:40pm with lots of day left and no action on the track.
Life is full of ups and downs and the FIA driver ratings are no exception.
After winning CTSC races in prior years, 2017 moved Billy Johnson from Gold to Platinum, and Platinum are not allowed to driver in CTSC. So who would replace Billy in the Ford Mustang, co-drive with Scott Maxwell, and would the winning continue?
The short answer is Jade Buford drove with Scott at Sebring, and yes…they won! The Ford Mustang, which won pole position with Jade Buford posting a fast lap of 2:11:610, finished with a good lead over two McLaren GT4 cars, who had qualified third and fourth.
The battle for the ST positions on the podium was intense. The racing between #44 Nissan Altima driver Owen Trinkler, #17 Porsche Cayman driver Spencer Pumpelly, and #56 Porsche Cayman driver Eric Foss was legendary. During the last laps, all three cars exchanged paint and the dents were clearly visible when the cars came off track and into the inspection area. Owen finished just 0.588 seconds behind Spencer.
#44 co-driver Sarah Cattaneo had earned the pole in the ST class posting a fast lap of 2:22.265 which was 0.182 quicker than the #84 BimmerWorld BMW 328i.
The next race for CTSC is May 5 and 6 weekend partnered with WTSC at the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown held at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the race. To find all the results including qualifying for all the series raced at Sebring, please check out http://results.imsa.com/
During the fan walk, I chatted with CTSC drivers and here are the links to their impressions of Sebring: