LIME ROCK, Conn. – Ryan Winchester and Joel Lipperini captured the Touring Car and Touring Car B-Spec class victories Saturday at Lime Rock Park in round six of the Pirelli World Challenge season at the Cadillac Lime Rock Park Grand Prix.
Winchester’s third win of the season for Karl Thomson’s Compass360 Racing is the sixth for the team in as many TC races. Winchester, driving the No. 72 C360R/Ligion Industries/HPD Honda Civic Si, completed 37 laps in the 40-minute race at an average speed of 80.857 mph.
Winchester started second behind Cody Ellsworth in the No. 40 Redcom/BERG Racing Porsche Boxster. But Winchester led a Compass360 three-car sweep around Ellsworth at the start, moving into a lead that he never relinquished.
“I got to set the pace after a good start, which is a good feeling on a hot day like this,” said Winchester. “That way you don’t push too hard if you don’t need to. Going through TCB traffic, it’s all about momentum so you can’t give an inch. I had to dodge a few instances of that. I’m glad to win.”
Behind Winchester, Remo Ruscitti in the No. 71 C360R/Ultimate Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si and Clark Toppe in the No. 10 Kinetic Motorsports KIA Forte Koup completed the podium after a hard battle between them. Toppe’s pass for second place on lap 28 secured him the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race Award.
“We’ll get one soon – maybe next weekend in Toronto, as a home race being Canadian and with my family coming,” said Ruscitti, who scored his fifth podium finish of the season. “We had a little bit of bad luck. I had to come back after I got hit in the back about three times.”
Toppe, one of two 15-year-olds in the series, made it on to the podium for the second time this weekend in his Pirelli World Challenge debut. He recovered after his first ever standing start, when he dropped as far back as 11th in the 14-car class.
“It feels really good; big thanks to the Kinetic guys who gave me a really great KIA,” said Toppe. “Remo capitalized on traffic and my mistakes, as I was holding P2 at one point. The standing starts, I was pretty horrible at that. I fell back to last in class. It was a big battle ahead of me but thanks to the guys on the radio to help me make it through.”
Jon Miller in the No. 68 Titan Motorsports/Loudbasstard Honda Civic Si, ran as high as second for Shea Racing with a couple great passing maneuvers, but fell back to fourth at the finish. Meanwhile, Brett Sandberg recovered to fifth place in the No. 70 C360R/GearTie.com/HPD Honda Civic Si, after dropping to as low as 10th place on lap 24. Sandberg was unable to complete the weekend sweep after winning round four and round five on Thursday.