Kansas City, KS - It was an uphill battle for the three Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3s as they did not qualify as well as they would have liked for yesterdays's SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway, Round 9 of the 2013 Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Series.
In true Fall-Line form, all three BMWs made their way to the front with the #45 and #46 leading laps and two cars finishing in the top-ten. The #46 finished P4, with Bryan Sellers back behind the wheel and the #48 finished P7 with Trent Hindman closing out the race. The #45 lost drive just over halfway through the race and finished 17th after heading back to the garage on lap 48.
Finished P4, Fastest Race Lap 1:22.126
Mark Boden drove the first stint in the #46 Trim-Tex Drywall Products/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW and after qualifying 15th, pitted from the lead with an hour-and-a-half remaining in the race under full course caution.
Sellers quickly moved up and stayed between 3rd and 5th place for the entirety of the race. He made a last-minute move on the final re-start with two laps remaining to grab the final spot on the podium but could not hold off the Roush Mustang driven by Shelby Blackstock. He didn't try to force a move on the faster car and settled for P4 which earns solid points for the #46 and Mark Boden.
Finished P7, Fastest Race Lap 1:21.908
Charles Espenlaub started the race in the #48 Cirocco Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ D Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW which is a change in the typical driver order for the #48. Espenlaub was the strongest of the Fall-Line cars in the first stint, running as high as 4th after making an impressive pass into turn 1 on a competitor.
Espenlaub was the first Fall-Line car to pit, handing the driving duties over to Trent Hindman after a green-flag stint over an hour long. Hindman has become quite the young driving sensation in just a short amount of time as the 17-year old took over finishing duties in his third CTSCC race ever and drove a fantastic race. He drove solidly, stayed out of trouble, took care of his equipment and finished 7th. He never gave up, turning his fastest time of the race on the final lap.
Finished P17, Fastest Race Lap 1:22.621
Hugh Plumb started 14th in the #45 Eagle/ B+ Foundation/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW but quickly moved up through the field and left the mid-packers in his dust. With 45 laps complete, he pitted just before the caution and put Al Carter in 4th position when he began his stint..
Carter took over but soon it became clear that there was a terminal problem with the engine. The team rolled the dice and decided to keep him out with the hopes that it would hold on to the end of the race. Sadly, it did not and the engine blew in spectacular fashion with an hour left in the race.
Team Manager Michael Harvey: "While two out of three is not a bad way to finish the race, I feel for the #45 car who just can't seem to catch a break. All of our drivers and crew did a fantastic job to get all three cars up to the front of the field where they should be and even though this is not one of the stronger tracks for the BMWs we made the most of it and gained points for the #46 and the #48. With just two races remaining, I still feel that we've hit our stride and can continue to deliver solid results for all three cars."
A replay of the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge SFP Grand Prix can be viewed on August 18 at 4p ET. Next up is Round 10 on September 7-8 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.