While the No. 21 Delaware Funds / Competition Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 crossed the finish line second in last Saturday’s Biscuitville Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway, the leading No. 52 MINI JCW was penalized due to a technical infraction, handing the win to Bodymotion Racing co-drivers Jason Rabe and Max Faulkner.
It was the first IMSA victory not only for Bodymotion in ST – the team has four victories in the top-tier Grand Sport class – but also for both drivers. While Faulkner began his rookie campaign in IMSA this year, this is Rabe’s third full-time season in the Continental Tire Challenge.
“It seems like it was a long time coming for the whole Bodymotion team,” said Rabe. “We’ve all worked really hard. This is their first ST win, so that’s pretty awesome after three, almost four years. That’s pretty big and I’m really happy to do it for the guys. It means a lot. This is the only car I’ve driven in ST. To finally break through and get an IMSA win, it means a lot.”
The win comes after a series of five podiums in eight races for Faulkner and Rabe. Part of that success can be attributed to the duo’s working relationship not only at track but also back home. Both drivers are members and driving coaches at Monticello Motor Club in New York.
“We worked at a Teen Race Camp these last couple weeks actually, so we were working really hard on that in between our busy race schedule,” said Rabe. “We were just focused on all ends, I would say, not only at work but at the track, the other office, we like to say.
“I’ve known Max for a couple years now and to break through and get a win, his first IMSA win and my first IMSA win, is pretty big in our first year together.”
As the lone Porsche in the ST field, it was also a chance for the Bodymotion group to represent its longtime manufacturer, placing it in the win column alongside competitors BMW and MINI.
“What’s really cool about the Porsche Cayman is that it’s like the last true, old-school car out there because it’s manual gear box and no traction control or anything and rear-wheel drive,” added Rabe. “It’s quite the handful and a lot of the guys like to think it’s one of the hardest cars to drive out there on the grid.
“You hear that from the fans, which is really cool because they love the manual, the heel-toe stuff. So yeah, it’s really cool for the Cayman.”
Finally breaking the barrier to achieve that first win doesn’t mean the team is satisfied either. With two rounds remaining in 2018 – the next race being the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 on Sept. 8 – Rabe explains how the team is hungrier than ever for more turns atop the podium.
“After getting the taste of victory, you definitely want more,” Rabe said. “We’re obviously just looking to win the last two races honestly. More than ever, the team, we’re working really hard, already going over notes, data, simulator stuff and video of my previous experiences there in ST. We want another win, that’s what we’re working hard on.”