Filippi Dominates TCR Race 2 at Sonoma; Maxson Sweeps in TCA

9 June 2019 TCR, TCA

(SONOMA, CA) - Mason Filippi and the #12 Copeland Motorsport Hyundai Veloster N brought the grid to the green flag for the final TC America race of the weekend at Sonoma Raceway under warm and sunny skies.  After a difficult race 1, Filippi would dominate race 2 to take his third win in 2019. 

Just three minutes into the race saw the first full course caution as the #02 X-Factor Honda Civic Si of Stephen Jeu hit the wall coming out of turn 7.  The race would restart with 28 minutes on the clock and would see championship leader Nick Wittmer in the #91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ move up to 6th after starting 14th.

The second full course caution of the day would be called just minutes later after the #24 TechSport Subaru of Robert Crocker came to a halt at the final hairpin, suffering his second DNF of the weekend. 

The race would restart with 17 minutes to go and Filippi would gap his FCP Euro rivals of Michael Hurczyn and Nate Vincent by 1.2 seconds by the end of the lap.  Filippi would never look back and continue to pull away, grabbing the TCR win.  “Complete redemption after yesterday,” said Filippi, “The racing was great, it was clean and a lot of fun to be out here at Sonoma Raceway.  We started on pole and won, so I’m looking forward to the next race.

Race 1 winner Victor Gonzalez started from fourth and would have a race-long game of cat and mouse with Vincent in the #72 FCP Euro VW Golf GTI for third.  With four minutes to go, Gonzalez would stuff his #99 VGMC Honda Civic Type-R on the inside of the #72 and move into the third position. 

With under 1 minute to go, Gonzalez would then bump past the #71 FCP Euro VW Golf GTI of Michael Hurczyn at the turn 9 chicane to claim second position. 

The TCR grid would finish Filippi, Gonzalez, Hurczyn, Vincent, with the #34 Risi Competizione Alfa Romeo of James Walker rounding out the top five. 

Bryan Putt in the #15 eEuroparts. Rowe Racing Audi RS3 LMS would take the TCR Cup win, his second of the weekend, finishing sixth overall. 

In TCA Tyler Maxson and the #74 Copeland Motorsports Mazda MX5 Cup car would jump the pole sitting #59 MINI JCS Team Mini Cooper of Mark Pombo at turn 2 and grab the lead.  Maxson would pull out a 3 second lead and cruise to his second class win of the weekend.  “It was an absolutely awesome race.  The crew at Copeland Motorsports did an awesome job and gave me a stellar car this weekend, I couldn’t ask for a better car,” said Maxson. 

The TCA grid would finish Maxson, Pombo, the #69 X-Factor Honda Civic Si of Nate Haldeman, the #91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ of Nick Wittmer, and the #77 X-Factor Honda Civic of Tyler Hagler fifth. 

TCR and TCA will move to Portland International Raceway July 12th - 14th for rounds 9 and 10 of the 2019 TC America season.