Macugay Wins Sportsman by 0.04 Seconds. Baumann Gets Win in Super Touring
Freddie Macugay won a very tight battle in Sportsman by 0.04 seconds in the Walker Motorsports Honda Civic at Sonoma Raceway at the United States Touring Car Championship's final race of the season. Reto Baumann managed to score his first win of the season in the Sparta Evolution Volkswagen Jetta in the Super Touring class. Edgar Lau won a very close fight in the Intellectual Ventures Ford Mustang while Gary Sheehan won in the Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis.
Macugay started in second place but took advantage of traffic and jumped to the lead in the Honda but Brad Austin quickly closed the gap in the TNI Racing Mazda MX5. The pair traded positions several times and it was tough to guess the outcome. On the last lap, the Mazda held a small lead goin into the final turn of the circuit and from there it was a drag race. Macugay managed to edge out the Mazda of Austin by the length of the bumper and took the Sportsman class victory. Michael McColligan finished third in the Raybestos/Idemitsu Mazda RX8.
The GT battle was for the championship and whoever won the race would win the championship between the team of Chris Alliegro/Edgar Lau in the Ford Mustang and Rob Harper in the Chevrolet Corvette. The pair were bumper to bumper the entire race and the Mustang managed to get the win by less than a second. Larry Bani finished third in the AFE Power BMW M3.
The Summit Tech BMW M3, driven by Makishima/Lau has won every race in the Super Touring class this season but Reto Baumann took advantage of traffic and drove an excellent race to score his first win of the season in the Volkswagen.
Gary Sheehan looked strong in qualifying and lead every lap of the race in the Touring Car class with his teammate Ali Arsham finishing second in the Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis and Gary Trudeau finished third in the 3point8 Performance Hyundai Genesis.
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