Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport claims first CTSC win at Sebring

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SEBRING, Fla. – With five of the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsports entered in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s Sebring 150, it was only a matter of time before it won its first race overall in the series.

The team that delivered the win for Porsche’s new factory-supported car though wasn’t the much heralded and ST class champions CJ Wilson Racing, though.

Instead, courtesy of a brilliant drive from 2014 GS class champion Trent Hindman and a great leadoff stint from co-driver Cameron Cassels in the team’s No. 12 Porsche, it was the Mike Bavaro-owned and Geoff Abel-led Bodymotion Racing that captured the win Friday at Sebring International Raceway.

It’s Hindman’s second straight win, having also won the season finale at Road Atlanta last year co-driving with Ashley Freiberg in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3. The team missed the first race owing to a family commitment Cassels needed to attend to.

Bodymotion pitted only twice while most of the other GS cars pitted three or four times. Alas, Hindman still needed to pressure Matt Plumb into a mistake, which he did, in a rare mistake for the driver and team manager of the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997.

Plumb, who’d emerged ahead of Hindman on the final pit stop sequence, ran wide through Turn 17 on Lap 49. Hindman went to the inside and made it past Plumb.

Billy Johnson, in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C he shared with Scott Maxwell, got by Plumb not much later to get into second.

Meanwhile in ST, courtesy of a typically brilliant strategy call from the Rum Bum crew that also services the CRG-I Do Borrow Honda Civic Si, Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo scored a popular and perhaps surprise win in their No. 44 car.

Honda bagged a 1-2 finish with the CRG-I Do Borrow car ahead of the No. 93 HART Honda, driven by Chad Gilsinger and Michael Valiante.

The No. 84 Bimmerworld BMW 328i made it up to third with James Clay and Tyler Cooke, Cooke having driven a sterling opening stint from the back of the 26-car ST field up to second before handing over to Clay. The car had an engine change and went to the back of the field.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.