MILLVILLE, N.J. – Michael DiMeo and Shea Holbrook repeated their round five wins in the Touring Car and Touring Car A classes in round six for the Pirelli World Challenge at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sunday.
A third young gun, Tyler Palmer, has now taken his first Touring Car B-Spec win of the season after a dramatic late-race pass.
For DiMeo, driving in the No. 71 Grand Alarms Honda Civic Si, it was another perfect race to complete a six-pack of victories to open the season. From the Motul pole position, which he earned after setting the fastest race lap in Round 5, DiMeo launched well from the start at the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt road course and led all 27 laps for his second straight flag-to-flag win. DiMeo won by 3.012 seconds.
“We had a great day today and an even better weekend here at NJMP,” DiMeo said. “The Children’s Tumor Foundation had NF families here yesterday, and I was proud to get a win for them on the last day of NF Awareness Month. Today’s race was all about managing TCB traffic, trying to get by them clean and without hurting the gap I had to second place,” he added. “I was pushing until the end, and wanted to give C360R a well-deserved win; the guys work extremely hard to give me a solid car.”
Second in TC for the second consecutive race was Kevin Anderson, in the No. 23 TechSportRacing.com Mazda RX-8. Anderson started second but lost the position to a fast-starting Emilee Tominovich in the No. 19 Emich Racing Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Contact between the two on lap four knocked Tominovich out of the position; Anderson was penalized 20 points for the incident. Still, for Anderson, this was a very good debut weekend within Pirelli World Challenge.
Third for the third consecutive race was DiMeo’s teammate, Karl Thomson in the No. 72 CTF.org/Touge Tuning/Racing4Research Honda Civic Si. Jeff Riccia in the No. 77 GenRacer.com/Stance USA Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Randy Hale in the No. 83 TransAero Mazda MX-5 finished fourth and fifth.
Shea Racing completed a comeback weekend from a tough three races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with the team’s first 1-2 finish in TCA this season. Holbrook, in the No. 67 TRUECar/Lucas Oil/Radium Honda Civic Si, took the lead on lap eight after starting third and class and progressing through to the top spot.
“It’s almost unreal how amazing this feels,” she said. “We were strong right from the standing start, running consistently quick laps, and the car never fell off.”
The win is her third this season and fourth of her Pirelli World Challenge career. Holbrook also took home two awards, the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for gaining four positions from start-to-finish, and the StopTech Brake Late, Finish First Award for her pass of new teammate Jason Cherry for the lead.