Maxwell & Buford Count To 50 For Ford

Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford drove to victory in Friday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Sebring Int'l Raceway. (IMSA Photo)

SEBRING, Fla. – Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford piloted the No. 60 KohR Mustang to victory in Friday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Visit Sebring 150 at Sebring Int’l Raceway.

The victory was Ford’s 50th in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition.

Maxwell piloted the No. 60 Mustang to the checkered flag by 2.58 seconds over the No. 69 Pfaff McLaren GT4 shared by Chris Green and Jesse Lazare. Third was the No. 77 C360R McLaren GT4 of Mathew Keegan and Nico Rondet.

Trent Hindman and Cameron Cassels, who won the season-opener at Daytona in the No. 12 Bodymotion Porsche Cayman GT4, finished a disappointing 25th overall and 11th in class at Sebring.

Spencer Pumpelly piloted the No. 17 RS1 Porsche Cayman to victory in the Street Tuner class in a nail-biting finish.

A caution bunched the field with 15 minutes to go, leaving Pumpelly in third, behind the leading No. 56 Murillo Racing/Mosing Motorcars Cayman of Eric Foss, followed closely by Owen Trinkler in the No. 44 CRG/I Do Borrow Nissan Altima.

With only a few minutes to go in the two-hour race, Trinkler and Foss drove into a corner side-by-side, with Foss getting the worst of it, spinning out of the lead. Trinkler was also off-line for the corner, allowing the veteran Pumpelly to dive past both cars.

Trinkler, who shares the Altima with Sarah Cattaneo, dogged Pumpelly all the way home.

“Some races you win by a half a lap, and just drive the car home – this race was not one of them. I had to work right up until the last corner,” said Pumpelly.

Had Trinkler and Foss not made contact, Pumpelly said he isn’t sure he could have gotten by. But once he was out front, he never gave Trinkler an opening.

So Trinkler and Cattaneo, who started the race first in ST, finished second, while Foss rallied back to third in the Porsche he shares with Jeff Mosing.