The Bodymotion Racing No. 12 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Cameron Cassels and Trent Hindman ended up right where it started, fourth in Grand Sport and fourth overall, after two hours and 30 minutes of competition in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (ICTSC) race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) Saturday afternoon. The entry has never been out of the top five, as it was coming off three consecutive victories in its first three races of the year.
Cameron Cassels, driver of the Bodymotion Racing No. 12 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Its sister car, the No. 31 2012 Porsche Cayman that Jason Rabe and Devin Jones drive in the series’ Street Tuner (ST) class, started 11th in class and 15th overall but rose to ninth in class and 13th overall by the end of a race that had only one full-course caution flag despite slippery track conditions. The No. 31 was coming off its best finish of the season, second, which it posted a week ago at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Cassels, a rookie from Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada who was making his first start at this very fast and very challenging 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course, got a lap down 41 minutes into the race but still retained fourth. Hindman, of Wayside, N.J., got in at about the 48-minute mark and was able to make that lap up by lap 56 with about 1 hour remaining, but a drive-through penalty for a rules violations during a pit stop put the car back a lap down to the leader. With a fourth-place finish secure, Cassels returned to the cockpit for the finish to see the checkered flag and collect the points.
Rabe, of Monticello, N.Y., got a great start in the No. 31, which is sponsored in part by VeriStor and Delaware Investments. He was in ninth place in the ST class after the very first lap, and set the car’s fastest lap of the race on lap six. He was still ninth when the only full-course caution waved on lap 43 to retrieve Ari Balogh’s Porsche from a gravel trap rimming Turn 5. Rabe pitted under that yellow at the halfway point and turned the car over to Jones, of Mooresville, N.C.
Jones dropped to 12th initially but he had battled back to tenth with 14 minutes remaining. When a rival had to pit for a splash of fuel at the end he rose one more spot to take the checkered flag in ninth place for Bodymotion, a full-service automotive repair facility that is headquartered in Ocean Township, N.J.
Post-race quotes follow:
Cameron Cassels: “It was quite a race! It was definitely educational coming here. I learned a lot. I learned a lot more about myself and about car control. This is maybe not the best place to try to learn about car control, but it is what it is.
“It was super greasy. It was the same for everybody; it wasn’t just our four Bodymotion guys complaining about the track surface. We always seemed to be behind the car a bit. We were always trying to figure out where the grip was and how the car would change, and whether it was the tires or the track.
“Saying that, for me, I’ll look back at this and remember that I did my personal best in the race. I got down to a 31, so I still have a whole bunch of homework to do but I’m happy to be walking away with that.
“You can’t win them all. There are some things we know we have to work on so we won’t have a repeat of some of the errors we made. But saying that, the guys worked their butts off from the time we unloaded for the test day until the checkered flag. No one gave up.
“At the end we couldn’t gain anything, so I went out to just get a little bit more seat time. I got to see what a checkered flag looks like; usually Trent sees that [as finishing driver]!
“At the end the event was a success. I got some good track experience, and we got some experience with this Porsche on this track, so there are a lot of things for us to remember and hold our heads up high. We brought the car home in one piece, and now we’ll get ready for Lime Rock.
Trent Hindman: “Sometimes your luck runs out, and today just wasn’t our day, unfortunately. But a big thank you to all the Bodymotion Racing guys for doing their best to bring us back.
“We were back on the lead lap for a little while there, but unfortunately we just made a couple mistakes that put us back further behind than we wanted to and out of contention for the win.
“Either way, we’ll learn from the mistakes made here and move forward to Lime Rock. We’ll correct everything that went wrong today, but for the most part these guys really worked hard throughout the weekend. We had a great race car. Sometimes in motorsports things don’t go your way, but again, big thanks to the Bodymotion Racing guys, Cameron Cassels, Continental Tire and Porsche for all their help.”
Jason Rabe: “All in all it was a solid points day for us to end up ninth, but overall I think we’re a little disappointed.
“I think we just missed the setup slightly. The track was really greasy and the car was a little free, so it was a combination of both. I’m not 100 percent either; I’m dealing with a head cold, so it was pretty tough out there.
“But it was a solid points day, and we’ll move on to Lime Rock.”
Devin Jones: “The whole Bodymotion crew worked hard all weekend trying to get this car tuned up for the race.
“The track was slick all weekend. There were a lot of different track conditions throughout practice that made it hard to tune on. We had some rain and there were a lot of different incidents in practice where we didn’t get much track time.
“So when it came to the race, we missed the setup a little bit, but we did the best we could with it and tried to salvage everything that we could. We ended up with a top 10 and some decent points. We take that and move on to Lime Rock and see what we can do there.”
Michael Bavaro, team owner: “It was very tough today, but we got Cameron through his first race here in his home country, and he did a great job. Trent did a good job too. We had a few miscues, but we still got a fourth out of it and a ninth in ST, so it’s a good points day, and we’ll move on to Lime Rock.”
Last week’s race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. that the No. 12 Bodymotion car won will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 tomorrow, Sunday, July 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. That is a change from the originally announced time.