Last in our list of major or supporting North American series we’re reviewing on MotorSportsTalk is the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the undercard on most GRAND-AM Rolex Series weekends in 2013.
The GS (Grand Sport) class saw Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi take the title in their Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997, by 32 points over the Stevenson Motorsports’ Camaro pair of John Edwards and Matt Bell. Plumb and Longhi won three races to the Edwards/Bell pair’s two, and were also generally more consistent over the course of the year.
Things were closer in ST (Street Tuner) as the Burton Racing BMW 128i pair of Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra edged the Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Si pair of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple. Borcheller and LaMarra won by nine; they also won twice to offset their bad days, while Eversley and Gimple’s consistency wasn’t enough to overcome their lack of a win.
Generally these races are barnburners with combined fields anywhere from the mid-50s to north of 70 cars on track at any one time between the two classes. Many TUDOR United SportsCar Championship drivers often dovetail their commitments there with appearances in the Continental series, and the latter series is the better for it. It’s always an entertaining show and hopefully we can provide more coverage, time and availability pending, in 2014.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.
Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.
Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.
With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.
“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.
Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.
You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.