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Sheehan wins a close fight in Touring Car while Romano makes it three in a row in Sportsman.


Sonoma, CA – Gary Sheehan won the Touring Car class of the United States Touring Car Championship in the Wheels/AFE Power Hyundai Genesis Coupe while Nik Romano won the Sportsman class in the GKR Racing/Indotech Motorsports Lexus at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  Rob Harper won the GT class in the BC Forged/AP Racing Chevrolet Corvette while Larry Bani won the Super Touring class in the Power BMW M3.

Touring Car class was a three way battle between pole sitter Joshua Allen in the Robert Davis Racing/Mothers Mazda MX5, Gary Sheehan in the Hyundai Genesis and Patrick Chio in the Speed SF Nissan 350Z.  Only one tenth of a second separated them in qualifying and in the race they were separated by half of a second.  Allan took the early lead but Sheehan made the pass on Allan on lap one and started to pull away opening a four second gap.  Behind him a fight ensued between Allan and Chio and with four laps to go Chio made a bold pass at Turn 11. At the checkered finish it was Sheehan by half of a second over Chio. Allan finished 8/10th of a second behind Chio.

In Sportsman Romano won easily but behind him it was chaotic as Edgar Lau, Michael McColligan and Andrew Gardner all were fighting for second place.  Gardner had mechanical issues late in the race in his AGardner Racing Ford Mustang and ha to settle for third place.  McColligan’s Mazdatrix/Racing Beat Mazda RX8 was the second quickest car but could not get by Lau’s Buehler Winery BMW 328i. At the end Lau finished second and McColligan finished third.

Robert Harper managed to win another close fight in GT in his Corvette beating the Gibson Enterprises  Lotus 2-11 of Scott Gibson for the overall lead.  Jeff Raggio’s Lumileds Lotus Exige S was next.

The teams do not have much time to waste as they head to Laguna Seca Raceway in two weeks for round four of the championship.

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