The Connecticut-based FCP Euro team claimed a historic 1-2 finish in this weekend’s second TC America TCR race held on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street course.
Nate Vincent led home teammate (and Saturday race winner) Michael Hurczyn to clinch his maiden victory in SRO Motorsports America competition, as the FCP Euro squad’s immaculate Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs starred all weekend.
The team missed out on a 1-2 in Saturday’s Race 1 due to a drive-through penalty assessed Vincent, but was able to reverse its fortunes on Sunday with Vincent leading virtually flag-to-flag and Hurczyn coming through for second after James Walker Jr.’s Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR crashed out.
Pole-sitter Vincent, who’d set the fastest lap in Saturday’s contest, lost ground off the line, and Hurczyn and a charging Walker surged ahead.
The closely-matched top three then traded fast lap times in an intense middle of the race that was brought to an end with 12 minutes to go when Walker’s Alfa Romeo hit the wall, bringing out the safety car. (Walker was unhurt.)
Eight minutes under full course caution conditions left Hurczyn with only two laps of green flag racing to catch his teammate. Vincent’s restart was superb, though, giving his teammate no room for an overtake and leaving the FCP Euro drivers to share victory honors evenly in the Florida sun.
Behind the FCP Euro 1-2, Bryan Putt capped off a perfect weekend with a sweep of the TCR Cup class victories and overall podiums.
Driving the No. 15 e.Europarts.com ROWE Racing Audi RS 3 LMS TCR, Putt sped away from pole into a commanding class lead, his cause aided by a battle behind featuring the McCann Racing Audis of Nathan McCann Jr. and Christian Cole, and Jay Salinsky’s Fast MD Audi.
McCann Jr. came through for second, finishing just ahead of teammate Cole, who passed Salinsky with a well-timed, late-race braking move into Turn 1.
In the invitational TCA class, Eric Powell scooped his second victory of the weekend, taking extra care in the restart as his TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS was sandwiched between the two TCR leaders.
Powell stayed well out of the overall leaders’ way, and held off both Mike Ogren and Kevin Anderson in sister TechSport Subarus to complete a sweep of the TCA category silverware.