The #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 driven by team owner Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers finished second last Saturday in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS race during the 2012 Grand-Am Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park Presented by BMW. This was the third podium finish this season and the second 2nd place finish in a row for Boden and Sellers who ended the season on a very high note.
The Lime Rock Park event started with a wet first day of practice. Qualifying was cancelled and changed to a test session for the competitors to test their machines on the wet 1.5 mile Connecticut road course. The starting grid was set by owner points so the three Fall Line Motorsports BMWs started respectively 5th (#45 car of Al Carter), 6th (#48 car of Charlie Putman) and 7th (#46 car of Mark Boden).
Al Carter and Hugh Plumb came to Lime Rock with high ambitions and wanted to use this event to score a result that would have returned the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW to the top four in the championship. Al Carter did a stellar job in the race and ran in second place right behind the race leader for 24 laps before pitting for fuel, tires and driver change. Hugh Plumb was able to move back from 21st after the pit stop to the top six quickly but a problem with his tires on lap 78 had him pit earlier than expected and lose a lap. When Hugh returned to the track he went back to 18th place but was able to climb back to 6th again and put himself in contention to finish in the top four in the championship. Unfortunately another tire problem slowed the #45 car ten laps before the end of the race and Plumb had to pit again to change tires. He and Carter finished 11th. After ten rounds the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation Fall-Line team finished 5th in the team point standings.
2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Champions Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub were expecting a podium finish at Lime Rock but had a more difficult race than anticipated. Charlie Putman ran in the top five throughout his stint before handing the car to Charles Espenlaub. Espenlaub ran a very competitive stint and looked like a podium contender before getting involved in an involuntary accident for which he received a stop and go penalty. The #48 OMP Safecraft of Putman and Espenlaub finished 8th at the end and despite a total of three podium finishes this season, scored a 7th place in the 2012 CTSCC team point standings.
In retrospect, the 2012 season was a good one for Fall-Line Motorsports. With their three cars they scored a total of eleven top five finishes including seven podium finishes. Satisfactorily, the #45 Fall-Line team finished 1st, amongst all BMW teams racing in the 2012 CTSCC.
Source: Fall-Line Motorsports