James Clay and Tyler Cooke in the #82 BimmerWorld M4 GT4 finished second overall and second in the Grand Sport class in the four-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen. The #52 Mini driven by Mark Pombo and Colin Mullan won Street Tuner; it was the first race at Watkins Glen for the sixteen-year-old Mullan.
Cooke moved the M4 GT4 up to second by passing Owen Trinkler in the #46 Mercedes AMG with about seventeen minutes remaining in the race. At the finish, Chad McCumbee and Patrick Gallagher took the win in the Ford Mustang GT4. Cooke and Clay were second, scoring their third podium finish in four races, while Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli finished third in another Mustang GT4. Greg Liefooghe and Ari Balogh finished sixth in the #19 Stephen Cameron Racing M4 GT4. Pombo and Mullan finished ahead of Nick Galante and Devin Jones in the #81 BimmerWorld 328i.
It was the third consecutive ST win for Mini. The #81 car led until it fell back to fourth after its final pit stop; Galante recovered to move the car up to second.
CTSC runs again in a two-hour race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 7.—Brian Morgan