8Star Motorsports and their orange FLM-009 Oreca PC, driven by Sean Rayhall, finished on the podium in race one of two during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Kansas Speedway.
From the drop of the green flag, Sean Rayhall power 8Star Motorsports #25 PC off the line to take the lead entering the first corner. Rayhall was able to maintain his lead throughout the entire race, despite two yellow flags, building a nearly five second gap to second place, in addition to setting the fastest lap of the 31-lap race with a 1m12.288s.
“We got a really good start and took the lead from Chris Cumming, after that we led the rest of the way. A couple of restarts made it difficult, but the Takis 8Star PC car was phenomenal all day and I can’t thank the guys enough for giving me this quality car. The Lites were difficult as they were almost as fast as us around the corners, but we were smart enough to keep the car in one piece,” stated Rayhall.
Second place went to the polesitter Chris Cumming in the No. 08 RSR Racing, while third place went to the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports of David Ostella.
CORE autosport co-drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett have had a great start to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in their No. 54 ORECA FLM09. The trend continued this past Saturday during the Grand Prix of Kansas, which saw Prototype Challenge (PC) machines race alongside the IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda series.
Staring P5, Braun was able to secure the lead on lap two of the 45-minute race. Once in the lead, Braun established a comfortable 4.6 second lead over the No. 8 Starworks Motorsports ORECA FLM09 of Renger van der Zande.“It’s always a challenge, you don’t know how the traffic situation is going to go down,” Braun said. “I was trying to save a bit of my tires for the end of the race, in case we might have a late race caution.
“I tried to build a good enough gap to not take too many risks. It’s an unknown for us how the Lites cars are going to handle the traffic; it’s all new to them. I thought they did a great job overall. I wouldn’t say I felt a tremendous amount of pressure, but they didn’t hand it to us, that’s for sure, “stated Braun.
Second place went to Renger van der Zande and co-driver Mirco Schultis in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsports ORECA FLM09. While winner of the first race of the day Sean Rayhall and Luis Diaz finished third in the N o. 25 8Star Motorsports ORECA FLM09.
The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues with all four TUDOR Championship classes is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, June 29. The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and is the third round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.