It’s Bryan Herta Autosport 1-2 Again in PWC TCR Saturday during Portland with Wilkins holding his 3rd Victory

Posted on 03. Aug, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

07/14/2018, Portland, OR

Wilkins, Lewis come from behind to measure 3rd 1-2 of 2018 Season


PORTLAND, Ore. (July 14, 2018)
 – Veteran Mark Wilkins of Canada used trade as an ally Saturday in a parsimonious TCR movement during Portland International Raceway to measure his third Pirelli World Challenge TCR underline win of a deteriorate in a 58th Rose Cup Races. 

Starting second in a 40-minute feature, Wilkins chased stick sitter Ryan Eversley for some 25 laps during a 1.97-mile, 12-turn highway march north of Portland before throwing slower TCA trade and creation a pass for a lead in a No. 99 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR car.

Fighting 90-degree feverishness and tough lane aspect conditions, Mark was means to extend his domain and better his BHA Hyundai teammate Michael Lewis by 0.963 seconds in a 31-lap Round 7 of a 12-race TCR campaign. Lewis, starting third in a No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR car, was also means to locate Eversley in trade on a final path and slip into a runner-up position.

The win Saturday for Wilkins was a fifth for a BHA patrol as good as for Hyundai, that extended a TCR Manufacturers’ Cup indicate lead.

Eversley dull out a winner’s round lectern with a third-place finish.

Sunday’s Round 8 TCR scurry eventuality is set for 10:40 a.m. PDT at Portland International Raceway.

“The TCR racing is unequivocally illusory with a accumulation of cars and a tip pushing talent battling it out,” pronounced Wilkins, who also won during Circuit of a Americas (COTA) and Lime Rock. “I chased Ryan for many of a competition and afterwards took advantage when trade acted a problem for him in a lead. For me, there was no conserving of a tires or a automobile today. we was pushing really tough to stay with Ryan and hoped for an opening. Luckily, we was means to get one and jumped during it. There were a integrate of places where a Hyundai was a hold stronger than Ryan’s car. But, overall, we were all flattering close. There is a glorious turn of competitiveness right now and we wish a fans suffer it too.”

For Lewis, this is his initial deteriorate of racing a front-wheel-drive car, though a Californian is display he is a discerning tyro with another plain performance.

“It didn’t take me too prolonged to learn a front-wheel-drive application, maybe a day or dual of testing,” pronounced Lewis. “Congratulations to my teammate Mark for another good win. This is a clever group bid and we all wish to do well. So, to have a 1-2 finish again is so special for Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai. Now, we have to come right back on Sunday and try to repeat a 1-2. But we wish to be a No. 1 a subsequent time. I’m vehement for a challenge.”

Lewis has a primary plcae for Sunday’s 40-minute competition as he will start from a stick position in his No. 98 appurtenance after recording a fastest competition path in Saturday’s main event. Wilkins will start third, right behind Lewis in the Sunday starting grid.

The TCR Round 8 movement can be noticed live Sunday at www.world-challenge.com and a Pirelli World Challenge You Tube channel.

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