Dane Cameron emerged victorious after the exciting Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 for the Touring Car division from Lime Rock Park. Cameron piloted his No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW M235iR to the win after an intense battle featuring the marques of Lotus, Porsche and Audi.
There’s something about the combination of Cameron, Turner and Lime Rock Park that seems to click. The Turner/Cameron combination resulted in a win at Lime Rock in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship back in 2015, but that’s not his only accomplishments at the “Bull Ring” of road racing. He also set Daytona Prototype pole in the final Rolex Sports Car Series race at the track. With a break from the Weather Tech Championship this weekend, the 28-year old prototype ace is also competing in the SprintX class with fan favorite Magnus Racing.
Starting fifth from the start of Race 1, Cameron wasted no time getting to second place. Waiting for the right time, Cameron got around the Krugspeed Racing Lotus Exige of Elivan Goulart on the front straight as unidentified bodywork went flying. Once around, Cameron held position to the checkers, but had to defend his position throughout the race.
Paul Holton finished runner up in the C360R Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport after starting from pole. After losing the top position at the start, Holton held tight to the rear of Cameron’s BMW. He was able to follow Cameron through when Goulart lost the lead.
The first break in action happened when contact between Holton’s Audi and the Lotus of Goulart sent the the latter sailing off track to make contact with the tire barrier. Goulart attempted to pass Holton for second place, holding the outside line through Big Bend. Goulart held his line through the inside of the Left Hander, but the Audi and Lotus touched and the wet grass did nothing to slow the Exige down as it backed into the barrier. The incident ended Goulart’s race, and kept the TC Race 1 winner from sweeping the weekend in the one-off entry.
Another fully course caution flew less than a lap after returning to green for the stranded BMW of Henry Schmitt.
Holton was eventually passed by Cody Ellsworth in the RacerInk Motorsports Porsche Cayman, bumping the Audi back to third. The two german machines displayed different strengths around the 1.5-mile circuit. With the advantage going to the newer TCR machine through the final portions of the track, Holton was able to get around through the last corner on the last lap for an exciting finish to the podium, which Ellsworth completed.
Nick Wittmer was also in the fray for a podium spot in his ST Racing BMW. Mixing it in the top three throughout the race, Wittmer ultimately finished fourth, leading Anthony Magagnoli in the Rooster Hall Racing BMW to complete the Top 5.
The next round of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championships is at Utah Motorsports Campus August 11 – 13. The weekend will host rounds 7 and 8 for TC, TCA and TCB.