Michael Lewis Scores 2nd Place Sunday during Portland in TCR; Tough Break for Mark Wilkins with DNF in Round 8 Race

Posted on 03. Aug, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

07/14/2018, Portland, OR

Lewis gets tighten via a 40-minute scurry competition though settles for runner-up in Hyundai


PORTLAND, Ore. (July 15, 2018) – After finishing 1-2 in Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge TCR race, a Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai group was set for a clever Round 8 opening during Portland International Raceway Sunday with drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis starting 1-3 on a station start grid.

Lewis was on a stick position with Wilkins in third as a cars rolled out on a 1.97-mile, 12-turn highway march north of downtown Portland. The starting start is always a favorite with fans and a TCR cars put on utterly a uncover during a start.

Unfortunately, Wilkins’ No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR stopped on a lane with a automatic emanate before a start of a 40-minute scurry race. Wilkins, a three-time 2018 TCR competition winner, had to leave a circuit before a start of a Round 8 contest. 

At a start of a 31-lap underline race, front quarrel starter Ryan Eversley got a burst into spin one over Lewis, who was posterior tough in his No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR machine. Michael, a two-time 2018 competition winner, looked to be in position for a pass for a lead on several occasions Sunday.

In fact, twice in a 40-minute affair, Lewis pulled within inches of a lead, though a maestro Eversley was means to quarrel off Michael’s plea any time.

At a mottled flag, Eversley won over Lewis by only 0.612 seconds in an interesting competition for a sun-splashed crowd. Temperatures on Sunday during Portland International Raceway reached a high 90s in a initial Pirelli World Challenge weekend during PIR in 13 years.

“Our automobile was glorious as common currently and we attempted all probable to trip by Ryan with a Hyundai i30 N,” pronounced Lewis. “I was dissapoint that Ryan was means to burst me a small during a start, though we came behind on him Saturday to finish 1-2 with Mark and we in a Hyundai i30 N cars. we felt we could do that again. But Ryan gathering an glorious competition and didn’t make any mistakes. we feel so badly for Mark. We were prepared for a good start from a 1-3 positions today. But he had an emanate and couldn’t make a start. we know we’ll be prepared for a subsequent TCR weekend in Utah subsequent month.”

Lewis and Wilkins are former winners during Utah and find to supplement to their feat totals on Aug 10-12 during Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville, Utah. At a Utah facility, Lewis won a GT SprintX events in 2016 and Wilkins won a GT SprintX competition final year.

The TCR Rounds 9 and 10 races can be noticed live during www.world-challenge.com and a Pirelli World Challenge You Tube channel.

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