PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series CTMP News and Notes

SPRINT 1 SUMMARY

PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series competitors took their talents north of the border this weekend battling swift weather changes and rain all while welcoming a new driver to the semi-professional series.

The series’ inaugural trip to Canada was part of the Upper Canada Region’s Mosport CAN-AM Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

In Sprint 1, drivers competed in rainy and misty conditions until the end of the 30-minute race, when the rain quickly turned to an all-out downpour.

Alejandro Galindo, representing the Mardi Gras PCA Region, came in first place in his No. 17 NOLAsport entry – his first victory since Watkins Glen International in early June.

David Baum, representing the Western Michigan PCA Region in his No. 24 Autometrics Motorsports entry, came in second place followed by Curt Swearingin in his No. 18 Advanced Collision Inc. (ACI) Motorsports entry.

The top three were neck-and-neck for a majority of the race on this highly technical track and Baum had the fastest lap time despite it being his first time competing at CTMP.

“I love this track – it really fits my style of driving,” Baum said. “It’s fast, one of the fastest in North America! It was a blast racing with Alejandro [Galindo] and Curt [Swearingin].”

In the Masters class, which consists of competitors 57 years and older, Charlie Craig snatched the victory in his No. 76 Autometrics Motorsports entry.

Kathy Mead followed in second in front of her TOPP Racing teammate and series newcomer Richard McIntosh, who came in third.

McIntosh hails from Scotland but now lives in Louisiana and represents the Louisiana PCA Region.

Sprint 1 Driver Quotes:

Alejandro Galindo (winner, Championship) – “It was great. The rain was tough at this track. It was fine though, I found a good grip and it ended up being fun.”

David Baum (second, Championship) – “I love this track – it really fits my style of driving. From five laps in during our test day, I knew I loved this track. I feel really comfortable here – it’s fast, one of the fastest in North America! It was a blast racing with Alejandro [Galindo] and Curt [Swearingin].”

Curt Swearingin (third, Championship) – “We just managed the rain. We let Alejandro [Galindo] and David [Baum] fight it out up there. We just wanted points and to keep the car safe and continue on to Sprint 2.”

Kathy Mead (second, Masters) – “The track had a surprising amount of grip in the rain, especially when it started to rain really hard. It was obviously slower racing, but my car was sticking and I was really amazed. I was very happy to have my rain tires on for that race.”

Richard McIntosh (third, Masters) – “I did a long stint yesterday on slicks in the rain and thought that was a great strategy. Unfortunately, the heavens opened up and we had a downpour. I spent five laps slipping and sliding on those tires, but I’m delighted to be here.”

SPRINT 2 SUMMARY

Competitors saw sunny skies, but high winds for their second sprint race of the day at CTMP. Galindo swept the sprints Saturday with his family there to cheer him on.

“My family – all three daughters – are here and I won twice now,” Galindo said. “I’m happy and thankful for that!”

Baum and Swearingin repeated their 2-3 finish from Sprint 1 – but not without a battle.

“It was a blast racing with Alejandro [Galindo] and Curt [Swearingin] – any one of us could’ve won this race,” Baum said.

“This was one of the most fun races I’ve had in a long time,” Swearingin said. “We just kept chasing lap after lap. Alejandro [Galindo] and David [Baum] were doing great! Those two had a good, clean race and we kept waiting for mistakes but they didn’t make any. Third place isn’t always what we want, but it was a fun third-place finish!”

Meanwhile in the Masters class, Texas-based TOPP Racing swept the class – putting three drivers on the podium in what may have been the most competitive Masters showdown we’ve seen all season.

David Walker gained his first podium of the weekend with a first-place finish in his No. 28 TOPP Racing entry followed by newcomer McIntosh in his No. 55 entry.

“We changed our strategy for this race and boy, my car was on fire,” McIntosh. “We were neck-and-neck and side-by-side. I loved it. It was tight, clean racing. No cars touched each other and we all came home safe. It’s fantastic!”

Mead rounded out the Masters class in third place.

“TOPP Racing rules,” Mead said. “I would like to say fantastic race to both David [Walker] and the new guy Richard [McIntosh]. This was the hardest, most intense Masters race we have had all season!

Sprint 2 Driver Quotes:

Alejandro Galindo (winner, Championship) – “My family – all three daughters – are here and I won twice now. I’m happy and thankful for that!”

David Baum (second, Championship) – “It was a blast racing with Alejandro [Galindo] and Curt [Swearingin] – any one of us could’ve won this race. I just kept pushing. I had to because I had one in front and one in back. It was a blast, I loved it!”

Curt Swearingin (third, Championship) – “This was one of the most fun races I’ve had in a long time. We just kept chasing lap after lap. Alejandro [Galindo] and David [Baum] were doing great! At the end, we had the pace but it’s so hard to pass on this track and we just couldn’t get past them. Those two had a good, clean race and we kept waiting for mistakes but they didn’t make any. At one point, I went inside on the front straight and about had David [Baum] – it was a blast! Then he closed it up, but we were edge-to-edge. The car was great, Cass [Whitehead] was great and ACI Motorsports was great. Third place isn’t always what we want, but it was a fun third-place finish!”

David Walker (winner, Masters) – “It was so much fun – I was happy it was dry for this race. I’m getting the feel of this track and I really enjoyed it.”

Richard McIntosh (second, Masters) – “We changed our strategy for this race and boy, my car was on fire. I got blocked back up with a couple of other cars and in the end, I drove around the outside of them. We were neck-and-neck and side-by-side. I loved it. It was tight, clean racing. No cars touched each other and we all came home safe. It’s fantastic!”

Kathy Mead (third, Masters) – “TOPP Racing rules! I would like to say fantastic race to both David [Walker] and the new guy Richard [McIntosh]. This was the hardest, most intense Masters race we have had all season!”

ENDURO SUMMARY

Drivers tackled the “scary fast” Canadian Tire Motorsport Park track Sunday afternoon in perfect racing conditions.

Swearingin came back hungry for a first-place podium and that’s exactly what he got. After passing both Galindo and Baum throughout the 75-minute race, Swearingin came back out on top following his two third-place podiums the previous day.

Galindo came in second and Swearingin’s ACI Motorsports teammate Efrin Castro rounded out the Championship class in third. Castro had the fastest lap time of the race after turning a 1:26.575 on Lap 16 in his No. 16 entry.

“I think this was my best race yet,” said Castro. “I felt very good once I got the first two laps in. The car felt awesome and it handled awesome. I just want to say ACI Motorsports did a great job preparing for the race.”

In the Masters class, David Peterman earned his first win of the season in his No. 52 Hairy Dog Garage entry. The rookie driver, who represents the Northeast PCA Region, didn’t get his first-place finish without some struggles throughout the race. “

We had a few moments throughout the race,” Peterman said. “I had a groundhog at Turn 1 so I had to avoid that, and then after the pit stop, my right upper seat belt wasn’t hooked up so I had to fix that.”

Craig finished in second and McIntosh gained his third podium of the weekend after coming in third. The newcomer is clearly a competitor to watch for after gaining three podiums in his first-ever weekend in the series.

Next up for the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series is a trip to NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, Sept. 15-17.

Enduro Driver Quotes

Curt Swearingin (winner, Championship) – “It’s so hard to pass here at this track. We got lucky on the first one, I caught some traffic and was able to get around Alejandro [Galindo]. He was driving so hard – hats off to him. He’s been on fire this weekend. We went back and forth and I finally got a run on him in the end. It was a great day for ACI Motorsports, my coach Cass Whitehead and my teammate Efrin [Castro] with his podium – he worked hard for it. The team really did their job this weekend. I messed up the pit stop, it was all on me so I had to go back to work and get back up there to first for my team!”

Alejandro Galindo (second, Championship) – “It’s been a wonderful weekend. I won two firsts yesterday then a second-place today. Curt [Swearingin] was racing great. I gained some points towards my Championship class standings and it was great.”

Efrin Castro (third, Championship) – “This feels stupendous. I think this was my best race yet. I felt very good once I got the first two laps in. The car felt awesome and it handled awesome. I just want to say ACI Motorsports did a great job preparing for the race. The pit stop was perfect. I want to say thank you to God for finishing in third place.”

David Peterman (winner, Masters) – “We had a few moments throughout the race. I had a groundhog at Turn 1 and then after the pit stop, my right upper seat belt wasn’t hooked up so I had to fix that. I just kept watching my line and hitting my marks and doing consistent laps.”

Richard McIntosh (third, Masters) – “I got on the podium again which is fantastic. The car was just tremendous, we just had fun. Myself and my race engineer – Richard – we had an incredibly good strategy. We saved two sets of slick tires – we were on a long stint for the first part of the race then came in and fueled up and put some new slicks on. I had some of my fastest lap times in that second half of the race with the new tires on.”

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