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Fall-Line Motorsports CTSC Road America Race Report
Posted by: newsla on Aug 12, 2014 - 06:23 AM
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Fall-Line Motorsports CTSC Road America Race Report


Fall-Line Motorsports fielded three BMW M3s in the GS category at Road America this weekend as part of the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. Road America is essentially a home race for the team, as their race shop in nearby Illinois is just 125 miles away. Team owner Mark Boden and Fall-Line club racing regular Jack Kachadurian drove the #47 to finish P16 and Andrew Longe returned to co-drive with Shelby Blackstock in the #48 and finished P18. Championship leader Trent Hindman and John Edwards started from the pole position in Saturday's race but finished fourth in a dramatic race from start to end.

 

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Edwards qualified on pole and started the race. Team strategists expected quite a bit of yellow and their prediction was spot on. Edwards drove a strong stint and pitted from P2 to hand over to Hindman who rejoined in first as the Fall-Line crew did another great pitstop to leapfrog the competition. Hindman then put his head down and set the second-fastest lap of the race and amassed a 6-second lead over the field. During another full-course caution, the entire field made final pit stops but Hindman was beat leaving the pits because another competitor only took two tires. He re-started the race from P2 and the top-five had a dogfight to the end. Trent was playing it smart, maintaining a clean drive. In a one-lap shoot-out at the end Hindman got squeezed from 3rd to 4th at the checkered flag as he drove a wise, savvy race.

#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco & Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P4.

John Edwards: "It was an interesting race. It looked like we had a podium there in the final laps, as we expected it to stay yellow. Suddenly, it went back to green for one lap. Unfortunately, the gearing on the Camaro works really well out of turn five and ours doesn't work so well out of five. I think Trent had nothing he could do there when he got passed my Robin (Liddell). It would have taken a heavy block to keep him behind. It was a little disappointing, especially as the Subaru dropped back, and Robin was able to get him at the line. That was another couple of points they scored on us in the championship. It's a disappointing end to a strong day, but at the end of the day, we're competitive at every race, and that's what we need to keep up for the last few races for the championship."

Trent Hindman: "I am definitely happy with a solid top-five run. John's qualifying effort really helped us get off to a good start, and he drove a great stint to bring me the car from the front. For a while we we're looking great but unfortunately those restarts really hurt us in the end. A huge thank you to everyone at Fall-Line for giving us a great car as per usual. Also a massive thanks to our partners Trim-Tex, Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, and DFL Interiors. Really looking forward to VIR."

Team owner Mark Boden was back behind the wheel of a BMW M3 and brought a new co-driver in Jack Kachadurian who is a long-time Fall-Line driver in SCCA. This was Kachadurian's first professional race and his first race in the BMW M3 in CTSC specifications. Kachadurian did a fantastic job and qualified the car P15 and was running in the top-ten before an off-track excursion left him stuck in the gravel outside of turn eight. Kachadurian recovered, only lost one lap, and made a pit stop to allow Boden to finish out the race. It was a victory for the Chicago native to complete his first 2.5-hour race in such a highly competitive field.

#47 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:

Mark Boden: "I am really proud of Jack and the fantastic job he did in his first GS race. It was great to drive with him at our home track and see how far along he has come. It was another flawless performance by the whole team and I am grateful for all of their hard work and effort this season. It will be an exciting next few races and hopefully we can continue our path to win the Championship."

Jack Kachadurian: "As my first foray into professional racing, I have to consider this weekend a success. Having never driven the car before, I knew I had a lot of ground to cover this weekend. Thankfully, as usual, the Fall-Line guys prepped a great car that helped me progress throughout the weekend. Mark and I battled a brake issue throughout the race, but we were able to bring it home with a respectable finish."

Andrew Longe returned as Shelby Blackstock's co-driver after he missed the last round at Indianapolis. Longe started the race in P17 and kept his nose clean during the first stint for Blackstock. Blackstock got behind the wheel and was running as high as P6 before he missed a shift and damaged the motor with just six laps remaining in the race. It was a disappointing finish for the car that landed on the podium for the last round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

#48 Starstruck/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P18

Shelby Blackstock: "Today didn't workout for the #48 Fall-Line Motors BMW M3. I made a mistake towards the end of the race that made us retire the car. It is very unfortunate for the team and I hope we have better luck next race."

Andrew Longe: "Today did not end how we would have liked it to. We had good pace in the beginning stint of the race and the team did a fantastic pit stop to put us into contention for a podium. Shelby had a great first stint but motor issues plagued our hope of a podium in the closing laps of the race. This is a learning year for me as I continue to build my experience from every race. I am very happy with the improvements from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and I am looking forward to Virginia International Raceway in just two week's time. A huge thank you to everyone on the Fall Line Motorsports team for the countless hours of work they put towards the program!"

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: "We experienced some mixed emotions at our home event, but once again the Fall-Line Motorsports BMW proved to be very competitive and although Road America is better suited to other platforms we feel pretty satisfied with our result. I cannot thank our whole crew enough for their time, effort and dedication to this program and they just get stronger and stronger each event. Today we had great pit work coupled with insightful strategy and great driving. We really look forward to the last three events of 2014. As always a huge Thank you to Trim-Tex, Ozzimo Cirroco, Atlas Acon and DFL for their amazing support."


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