Mason Filippi’s No. 12 Copeland Motorsport Hyundai Veloster N (photo above) brought the field to the green flag for the final TC America race of the weekend at Sonoma Raceway, and would never be headed, dominating the TCR class Race 2 to take his third win in 2019.
There was a full-course caution just three minutes into the race as the No. 02 X-Factor Honda Civic Si of Stephen Jeu hit the wall coming out of Turn 7. The race would restart with 28 minutes on the clock, but a second full-course caution was called minutes later: Robert Crocker’s No. 24 TechSport Subaru slowed to a halt at the final hairpin, his second DNF of the weekend.
The race would restart with 17 minutes to go, and Filippi got the jump again, gapping FCP Euro Volkswagen Golf GTI rivals Michael Hurczyn and Nate Vincent by 1.2 seconds by the end of the lap, never looking back, and pulling away to the TCR win.
“Complete redemption after yesterday,” said Filippi. “The racing was great, it was clean and a lot of fun to be out here at Sonoma Raceway. We started on pole and won, so I’m looking forward to the next race.”
Race 1 winner Victor Gonzalez started fourth and engaged in a race-long game of cat and mouse with Vincent’s No. 72 VW for third. With four minutes to go, Gonzalez’ No. 99 VGMC Honda Civic Type-R charged down the inside to take third.
In the last minute, Gonzalez pushed past Vincent’ teammate Hurczyn in the No. 71 Golf GTI at the Turn 9 chicane to claim second.
And that’s how they finished: Filippi, Gonzalez, Hurczyn, Vincent, with the No. 34 Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo of James Walker rounding out the top five.
Bryan Putt in the No. 15 eEuroparts Rowe Racing Audi RS3 LMS would take the TCR Cup win, his second of the weekend, finishing sixth overall.
In TCA, Tyler Maxson’s No. 74 Copeland Motorsports Mazda MX5 Cup car would jump the pole-sitting No. 59 MINI JCS Team Mini Cooper of Mark Pombo at Turn 2 and grab the lead, pulling out a three-second lead and cruising to his second class win of the weekend.
“It was an absolutely awesome race. The crew at Copeland Motorsports did an awesome job and gave me a stellar car this weekend, I couldn’t ask for a better car,” said Maxson.
The TCA race within a race would finish: Maxson, Pombo, Nate Haldeman (No. 69 X-Factor Honda Civic Si), Nick Wittner (No. 91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ) and, in fifth, Tyler Hagler (No. 77 X-Factor Honda Civic).
TCR and TCA competitors will head to Portland International Raceway for the July 12-14 Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2019 TC America season.