Trudeau fights for tight win at Sonoma while Crickenberger makes it two in a row.
Gary Trudeau hung on for a tight win in the Touring Car class at the Round 2 of the United States Touring Car Championship at Sonoma Raceway. Justin Crickenberger won the Sportsman class while Victor Czapla took a narrow victory in Super Touring. Bob Accardo made it two in a row in the GT class.
Trudeau started in second place in his Gary's Airbag Service Hyundai Genesis over pole sitter Josh Lion in his Lion Raisins BMW 330i. At the start, Trudeau got a better launch and managed to get to the front while Lion had to fight off a hard charging Reza Arsham in the Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis. Trudeau managed to build a gap but he might have pushed too hard too soon as the others started catching him near the end of the race. The last two laps were tense as the top three were less than a second apart and one mistake could determine the winner. At the checkered flag, Trudeau did not let the pressure bother him and took the win.
In the Super Touring class Viktor Czapla's Cool Boxx Audi R8 was leading the class but there was a new driver chasing him. Reto Baumann who normally drives the 034 Motorsport Volkswagen Jetta was tested positive for Covid which caused some negotiations between teams and Gary Sheehan of GoGoGear.com Racing was sent on loan to the Red Panther Motorsport team. Sheehan was quick in the new car and was challenging for the lead and ended up in second place with Matthew Rivkin finishing third in the second Cool Boxx Audi R8.
Justin Crickenberger made it two in a row in the Ranch House Honda Civic while four time USTCC Champion Tom Lepper returned to the series driving the GoGoGear.com/ Konig Wheels Honda Civic who managed to finish second with Chris Evertsen's Speed Traveler BMW 328i finishing right behind in third place.
Bob Accardo won two in a row in the GT class in the Accurate Arms Chevrolet Camaro and it seems like he will be hard to beat this year.