Goulart Wins 3 out of 4 Races in Touring Car Classes
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Elivan Goulart swept TCA competition at Lime Rock Park by taking the win on Saturday afternoon in the No. 70 S.A.C. Racing Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car, leading flag-to-flag from an exciting standing start in the 40-minute race.
Teammate Matthew Fassnacht finished second while Tom O’Gorman came home third. Canaan O’Connell won the competitive TCB class for the second straight day for Tech Sport Racing.
Goulart makes it three wins in four starts in two days at Lime Rock, as the Connecticut resident won in TC in a Lotus Exige in his class debut and won both TCA races in the S.A.C. Racing Mazda.
“ It was a great start and it was my first standing start in the new Mazda Global MX-5 car,” said Goulart. “I was a little nervous about it. Both starts with the Mazda and the Lotus were excellent today. The TCB guys were racing really hard for lead and I wanted to be fair to them. So, I gave them some room. It was a great weekend with three wins in four races. It was a great weekend for me in the points too.”
Fassnacht came home second in the No. 74 entry and ran the fastest lap of the race at 59.784.
O’Gorman completed the podium in the No. 94 Shea Racing Honda Civic Si, bouncing back from a 10th place finish on Friday.
The TCB race was its trademark level of competitive with five cars fighting for the race lead before Friday winner Canaan O’Connell separated himself from the pack and took the checkered flag first for Tech Sport Racing in the No. 24 Chevrolet Sonic.
“It was crazy out there this afternoon,” said O’Connell, son of the four-time PWC GT champion Johnny O’Connell. “The TCB division is so competitive and you can’t make a mistake. That was some of the most fun driving I have ever done. I got lucky with lapped traffic. Youhave to play the chest game and set up your passing. Some time is faster to lift off the throttle and pick a spot to move. It worked for me today. A double win weekend is great and I thank the Tech Sport Racing crew for a big double win.”
Completing the TCB podium was O’Connell’s Tech Sport teammate, P.J. Groenke, who finished second, while Taylor Handwerk finished third in the Indian Summer Racing MINI Cooper.
Next up, Touring Car classes head to Utah Motorsports Campus, for a full Pirelli World Challenge multi-class weekend of competition in an action-packed weekend scheduled for August.
Results are provisional until posted Final.
Results from TCA/TCB Rd.6 at the Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park. Results are provisional until posted Final.
1,1, TC,Dane CAMERON,,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:05.316,
2,2, TC,Paul HOLTON,Orlando, FL,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,34,Running,40:05.796,0.480
3,3, TC,Cody ELLSWORTH,Jupiter, FL,Porsche Cayman,34,Running,40:06.121,0.805
4,4, TC,Nick WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:06.207,0.891
5,5, TC,Anthony MAGAGNOLI,Dexter, MI,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:07.145,1.829
6,6, TC,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:09.716,4.399
7,7, TC,Jason COUPAL,Rochester, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,34,Running,40:10.231,4.915
8,8, TC,Toby GRAHOVEC,Celina, TX,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:10.602,5.285
9,9, TC,Tony RIVERA,Oceanside, CA,Nissan 370Z,34,Running,40:11.516,6.200
10,10, TC,John WEISBERG,Webster, NY,Mazda MX-5,34,Running,40:12.015,6.699
11,11, TC,Randy POBST,Belgaum, India,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:13.316,8.000
12,12, TC,Dennis HANRATTY JR,Mechanicsburg, PA,Lotus Exige,34,Running,40:15.960,10.644
13,13, TC,Will TURNER,,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:16.259,10.943
14,14, TC,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec,Honda Accord,34,Running,40:16.806,11.490
15,15, TC,Anthony GERACI,Glen Cove, NY,Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport,34,Running,40:17.008,11.692
16,16, TC,Shea HOLBROOK,Fulshear, TX,Honda Accord,34,Running,40:17.954,12.638
17,17, TC,Justin RAPHAEL,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:19.328,14.012
18,18, TC,Greg LIEFOOGHE,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:19.819,14.503
19,19, TC,Jeff RICCA,Milford, CT,Genesis Coupe,34,Running,40:22.103,16.786
20,20, TC,Jacob RUUD,,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:22.439,17.123
21,21, TC,Robert NIMKOFF,Newton, CT,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:26.981,21.665
22,22, TC,Randy HALE,Haddam, CT,Mazda MX-5,34,Running,40:28.744,23.428
23,23, TC,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:30.915,25.599
24,24, TC,Rodrigo SALES,Sonoma, CA,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:32.670,27.354
25,25, TC,Joshua FORAN,,Honda Accord,34,Running,40:35.686,30.370
26,26, TC,Jayson CLUNIE,Milwaukee, WI,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:37.163,31.847
27,27, TC,Stefan SAJIC,Belgrade, Serbia,BMW M235iR,34,Running,40:53.920,48.604
28,28, TC,Samantha TAN,Gormley, ON,BMW M235iR,33,Running,40:32.804,1 LAP
29,29, TC,John ALLEN,Denver, CO,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,32,Running,40:15.982,2 LAPS
30,30, TC,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,19,Not Running,20:54.136,15 LAPS
31,31, TC,Patrick GALLAGHER,,Mazda MX-5,17,Not Running,41:32.768,17 LAPS
32,32, TC,Elivan GOULART,Shelton, CT,Lotus Exige,16,Not Running,15:27.549,18 LAPS
33,33, TC,Chris OHMACHT,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,4,Not Running,5:31.075,30 LAPS