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KohR Ford, RS1 Porsche win CTSC race at Sebring

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SEBRING, Fla. – The new Ford Mustang GT4 has won its first race after debuting at Daytona, in its second race start.

KohR Motorsports won with Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford emerging victorious in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Sebring 120 in the GS class, via a mix of pace and strategy after starting on pole in the No. 60 Ford.

Meanwhile Spencer Pumpelly capitalized in ST in his No. 17 RS1 Porsche Cayman he shared with Nick Galante, inheriting the lead once Owen Trinkler and Eric Foss made contact battling for the lead. The contact occurred in the final few corners in the final 10 minutes of the two-hour race, which spun Foss out of the lead and opened the door for Pumpelly.

Trinkler was second in the No. 44 CRG-I Do Borrow Nissan Altima with Sarah Cattaneo, Foss having fallen to third in the No. 56 Murillo Racing Porsche he shared with Jeff Mosing.

More to follow.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”