Garrett Extends Lead in TCX
Williams and Ricca Battle in TC
Anderson and Bucknum remain neck and neck in TCA
The TC America Powered by Skip Barber field is gearing up for the penultimate round of the season as they brace themselves for the iconic bumps of Sebring International Raceway. The championship standings remain close across all three classes, and as 22 drivers prepare to face off in two more rigorous races, they will need to bring their A-game as they take on one of the country’s most demanding and unforgiving circuits.
Colin Garrett had a flawless double victory in his No. 44 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M2 CS (Cup) last time out at Road America, further adding to his impressive streak of results this season as he now holds four wins and five podiums to his name this year. Lucas Catania was in hot pursuit in his No. 26 Rigid Speed Company BMW M2 CS (Cup), earning two second-place finishes. The competition between these two frontrunners remains as fierce as ever heading into Sebring.
Kenny Schmied earned his first podium result of the season with a third-place finish in his No. 14 AOA Racing BMW M2 CS (Cup). It was a challenging round for Maddie Aust in the No. 09 BMW M2 CS (Cup), but the Fast Track Racing driver will be eager to reclaim a spot for herself on the podium. She will also be joined by the No. 21 Fast Track Racing BMW M2 CS (Cup) entry.
Joseph Catania will also be back in the No. 24 Rigid Speed Company BMW M2 CS (Cup) following two Top 5 finishes, while Christopher DeFreitas will be driving in the No. 93 Ian Lacy Racing Civic Type-R TCX. The final entry in the TCX belongs to newcomer Joseph Pizzuto in the No. 45 Extreme Velocity Motorsports BMW M2 CS (Cup).
The championship battle between Clayton Williams and Jeff Ricca has been nothing short of enthralling all season long, with the two stealing victories away from each other all season long. Ricca took home the victory in Race One at Road America in his No. 78 Genracer / Ricca Autosport Hyundai Elantra N TC, while Williams took back the top spot in Race Two with the likes of his trusty No. 60 MINI JCW Team Mini JCW Pro TC. With only four races remaining this season, it remains to be seen whether anyone else will be able to put an end to their reign.
Cristian Perocarpi walked away from the National Park of Speed with second and third-place finishes but is still waiting for the day he crosses the finish line first in his No. 37 MINI JCW Team Mini JCW Pro TC. The same applies to Celso Neto, who also secured a third-place finish in the previous round in his No. 7 Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Type R. Sally McNulty will also be back on track in the No. 780 Hyundai Veloster N DCT TC, with Jeremiah Burton returning in his No. 34 Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Type R.
As the season progressed, the championship battle between Devin Anderson in the No. 22 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ and Spencer Bucknum in the No. 5 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Si FE1 has only gotten closer and closer. The pair each claimed a victory and a second-place finish in Wisconsin, further amplifying how there is no room for error in this game of cat-and-mouse.
The final spots on the podium belonged to P.J. Groenke in his No. 62 MINI JCW Team Mini JCW in Race One, followed by Shaoyi Che in the No. 23 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ in Race Two. The two are presently sitting fourth and fifth in the standings and will be attempting to close the gap to William Lambros ahead in the No. 77 Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si FE1.
Finally, the TCA field will be completed by Cooper Broll in the No. 19 Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si FE1, Ruben Iglesias in the No. 88 VGRT Honda Civic Si FE1, and Mario Biundo will be making his return in the No. 07 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Si FE1.
Let’s Go Racing
The TC America Powered by Skip Barber field will take to the track at Sebring International Raceway for Practice One on Friday, September 22. Tickets are available for purchase with kids free under 16 years old. To follow the race from home, join free livestream coverage on the GT World YouTube page or enjoy our Twitch Watch-Alongs with host AshVandeley at SROMotorsports.
Following Sebring, one final challenge awaits the Fanatec GT grid – the Indianapolis 8 Hour presented by AWS. Tickets are on sale starting at just $20 dollars.