BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Ron Fellows began Round Four of the 2014 Trans Am Championship on pole, in his 100th Trans Am start and his first appearance since 2004 at home at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Fellows made it count, leading every lap to record his 20th Trans Am win.
“It’s great to get a win here in a series that means a lot to me,” said Fellows. “Hopefully, we’ll see Trans Am return to similar form as it was in the past. It’s got a lot of history, just like this track; and it was all great fun today. I got win number 20 here and got win number one here in 1989, so it’s a very cool experience.”
Fellows began the day on pole with teammate Simon Gregg, in the #59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, in second position and the #23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette of Amy Ruman in third.
Likewise in TA2, Adam Andretti started in first, with Ontario native Kevin Poitras in second position and defending TA2 Champion Lawrence in third.
Cameron Lawrence proved why he’s the defending Champion of the TA2 class, fending off Andretti’s challenges and finishing a little over a tenth ahead of Andretti, securing his third Trans Am victory of the year after being as far back as fourth position.
“We have a really good car, as always,” Lawrence said. “This is my third year now, and it wasn’t always the case where we ran in front; but it’s still fun to make your way up through the field. We didn’t have the greatest start but were able to come back up and it ended up being a really close race with Andretti, but we always have a really good racecar from Miller Racing.”
As the checkered flag flew, Fellows crossed the finish line for his 20th Trans Am win on his 100th Trans Am start, ten years after his last Trans Am appearance.
“This was a little more work than I remembered; it was great fun though,” Fellows said.
Ruman followed with a second-place finish, her second podium this year. Simon Gregg finished third to give Derhaag Motorsports its second podium of the race. David Pintaric was fourth, while Kurt Roehing finished fifth.
In a surprise charge, Kevin Poitras took second from Andretti by just a nose.
Ron Keith took fourth in TA2, with Tom West in fifth.
TA3 American Muscle was also featured in the Trans Am race and showed off Trans Am’s production racing platform with four lead changes. The group began with Ernie Francis Jr. in first position with Todd Napieralski, alongside him and Joe Chan in third.
Chan fought his way past the two leaders and held on late in the race to secure the win.
“It was a great weekend,” said Chan. “I really enjoyed being here. This is my home track of course, and we were very comfortable. We’re going to try and do as many races as we can this year, and this was a good way to finish the day. We didn’t have the fastest car today, but we had a good strategy. We were just going to run our pace and push at the end. I didn’t have much left at the end. If we would have had a few more laps than we did, it might have been a very close race.”