Shawhan Wins a Close Battle in Sonoma
Sonoma, CA -- Michael Shawhan won a tight battle at Round 3 of the United States Touring Car Championship at Sonoma Raceway in the Touring Class. Carl Rydquist won the GT class while George Kibilov won the Super Touring class. Armen Rafaelian scored his first win in the Sportsman class.
Shawhan took the early lead with a great start in his BTM Motorwerks BMW 330i but was soon passed by Andrie Hartanto’s Supertech/Rota Wheels Honda S2000. Hartanto started pulling away but on the last lap he suffered a puncture which allowed Shawhan to take the lead. Gary Sheehan finished third in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Carl Rydquist was quick all weekend long and ended up winning the GT class in the Champion Factory Five GTM. He was followed by Sam Stowell’s BAF Racing/Sterling Foam Jaguar XKR-S and Felipe Loza’s Redwood General Tires Chevrolet Camaro.
George Kibilov made in three in a row in the Super Touring class with his SGK Racing BMW M3. He was followed by Mike Sekhon in the GoGoGear.com/Total BMW M3 who finished second. Larry Bani was running second in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total BMW M3 until ignition issues slowed him down and he ended up finishing third.
The very competitive Sportsman class was full of action as usual. David Vodden took the early lead in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total BMW M3 but was eventually passed by Armen Rafaelian’s Artech Fab Honda S2000 who went on to take the win. Thomas Pitre who had won the first two races ended up finishing in second place in the Pitre Racing Acura Integra while Vodden finished third.
The teams now enjoy their summer break before heading out to one of their favorite tracks, Thunderhill Raceway on August 12-13. Be sure to follow the action on www.ustcc.com and watch every show on Final Drive TV on NBC Sports BA available on Comcast cable, AT&T Uverse, Dish Network and DirecTV. You can always follow Final Drive on Facebook at www.facebook.com/finaldrivetv