Fall-Line Motorsports wrapped up the Microsoft Visual Studio 150, Round 2 of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) Series, at Sebring International Raceway this past weekend, in solid form.
Sebring, FL - Teammates Trent Hindman and BMW N/A driver Ashley Freiberg started P7 and finished P8 while Mark Boden and Tonis Kasemets started P10 and brought their BMW M3 home in 14th position in the GS class. While it was not the finish that the team had hoped for, it was a solid top-ten finish for the returning GS Champion (Hindman) and co-driver Freiberg's first full season in CTSC.
Freiberg started the race in the 17-car field on the bumpy front straightaway at the famous 3.74-mile circuit in sunny Florida. Freiberg had a great start and quickly moved up to fifth on a track that she has logged many laps on since her days in Skip Barber Racing. She moved up to P4 before pitting near the halfway mark and Hindman got behind the wheel. The #46 drivers were on an alternate strategy from the leaders that nearly paid off in the end but left the dynamic duo in eighth place.
#46 IHG Rewards Club/ Trim-Tex Drywall Products/ TOP 1 Oil/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW
Trent Hindman: "Eighth place certainly isn't the result we were looking for today, but overall a top 10 is never something to be disappointed about. I know we gave it our all and maximized what we had and that's all I can ask for in the situation.
The Fall-Line guys fought to the bitter end and never once decided to pack it in early, which is why this is a championship caliber team every year. We know what needs to be addressed before the next race at Laguna so we'll spend this month off working to make sure we're back up where we belong when we get there. As always, a huge thank you to everyone at Fall-Line along with our partners Trim Tex Drywall Products, IHG, and BMW for the incredible amounts of support."
Ashley Freiberg: "Yesterday was a tough race for us and we definitely fought hard. Eighth place is not what we hoped for, but we are working hard to bring our IHG Rewards Club / Trim-Tex BMW M3 back to the front where we belong. I know that personally I am already focused on Laguna. Let's go!"
Mark Boden returned behind the wheel of the BMW M3 for the first time since last year at Road America. He started 10th and stayed there running a solid race until early on when the Subaru hit him from behind and he lost a few positions but continued on-track. The team made a great strategy call and brought him in for a driver change just as the field went back green following a full-course caution. Tonis Kasemets got in and caught up at the end of the line and for a while the alternate strategy looked to play out in their favor. The cautions didn't go their way and they ended up P14.
#48 Calypso/ Rytec Doors/ TOP 1 Oil/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW
Mark Boden: "It was great to be back on the car (it's been a long time) and it's great to drive with Tonis again, he bring a great deal of talent to the team. The Fall-line Motorsports #48 BMW M3 was solid all week despite a few challenges getting reacquainted with the car and adapting to the quickly changing track conditions at Sebring. Thanks the the crew a Fall-Line for making everything flawless. I'd also like to congratulate Andrew (Longe) on the new GT3 program for a strong start to the year and the program."
Tonis Kasemets: "It was great weekend with Fall Line and Mark Boden. I want to thank the whole team for a great job and for making me feel at home. I am looking forward to Laguna Seca"
Michael Harvey, Team Manager: "What an unbelievably strong team effort today. The Fall-line guys embody the true meaning of team and with the great partners we have in IHG Rewards Club, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, BMW, Top 1 Oil, and Calypso Lemonade we truly have a very focused and driven group that will accept nothing but winning. Trent and Ashley drove inspired stints today in the face of adversity and proved again what true champions they are. It is amazing to have Mark back in the car alongside Tonis and they also drove a strong event under difficult circumstances. We will now spend the downtime working to correct the challenges we face so we can return to competing for wins when we hit the track at Laguna in early May."
The race will be broadcast on April 5 at 9a ET on FOX Sports 1. There is a six-week break until Round 3 of CTSC racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 2.