09/02/2018, Watkins Glen, NY
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 2, 2018) – It was Championship Sunday during Watkins Glen International in a final TCR competition of a 2018 Pirelli World Challenge highway racing series, and, during a finish of a Round 12 40-minute scurry race, it was Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian scoring a TCR Team pretension and Hyundai holding a TCR Manufacturers’ championship.
After 12 races in a 2018 TCR campaign, a BHA patrol cumulative a tip mark in a Team Standings with a 12-point domain (284-272) with drivers Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins heading a approach in a No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR and No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR cars, respectively.
In a TCR Manufacturers’ battle, Hyundai came home with a championship with a 115-103 feat over Honda.
Both Lewis and Wilkins entered Sunday’s TCR culmination with chances for a Drivers’ Championship with Lewis starting from a stick position and Wilkins starting fourth. However, both BHA competitors were hampered in a final competition with automatic issues.
Lewis had to array early for repairs and came behind to finish fifth during a Sunday’s TCR mottled flag. In addition, Lewis set a race’s fastest path with a one minute, 58.058 seconds for an normal speed of 102.82 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Wilkins’ Hyundai i30 N TCR battled for second early in a 18-lap feature, though Mark had to retire his mountain after 13 laps.
“I got a good start and a automobile was using well,” pronounced Lewis, a four-time competition winner. “But we mislaid energy and we had to pit. The Bryan Herta Autosport guys got to a problem fast and we was means get behind out on a lane but losing a lap. we fought my approach behind adult to fifth and collected some points. Overall, I’m really unapproachable to be partial of a championship bid like BHA in winning a group pretension as good as holding Hyundai to a Manufacturers’ championship. It was a super season.”
Wilkins was a three-time competition leader this year and placed third in a final drivers points behind TCR champion Ryan Eversley and Lewis.
“Despite not finishing a competition today, we still feel really vehement to move home a TCR Manufacturers’ pretension for Hyundai as good as a Team championship for Bryan Herta Autosport,” pronounced Wilkins. “The group won 7 races of a 12-event array in a initial year in a Pirelli World Challenge TCR tour. There were a lot of good moments this year and holding dual championships home was a crowning achievement.”
In a final Drivers’ points, Eversley finished with 276 followed by Lewis during 259 and Wilkins during 229.
All of a Pirelli World Challenge champions will be respected on Dec 5 in Indianapolis.
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