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Baptista, Flying Lizard Motorsports Sweep GTS Weekend

Rodrigo Baptista completed the Lime Rock Park Pirelli World Challenge GTS sweep after winning the second race of the weekend in his No. 3 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman. The Brazilian driver finished 9.8-seconds ahead of Lawson Aschenbach and Chris Hall’s Volt Racing Mustang GT4 to win the eighth round of the season.

Lime Rock Park GTS Race 2 Unofficial Results

Martin Barkey started from the pole position in the No. 80 Mantella Autosports KTM Xbow GT4, but lost several positions by before entering Turn 1. This gave the lead to Baptista from the green flag, pulling out to a significant after starting third.

With 35 minutes remaining, Baptista had an off coming into the Left Hander, which let Ian James’ Panoz Avezzano by for the lead. The Flying Lizard Porsche held tight to the Panoz over the next 10 minutes.

Beginning with a few puffs then developing into billowing clouds of engine smoke, the Avezzano’s power plant experienced a catastrophic failure. Baptista continued on as James headed to the pits with a retirement.

With one more challenge in the shape of a full course yellow and restart, Baptista held position at the front of the field to pull off the win.

Almost 10 seconds back, Lawson Aschenbach for the seventh podium in eight races for the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R. Aschenbach  jumped out to third behind Baptista and James with a mirror full of Mark Klenin’s orange McLaren 650S.

Aschenbach was able to gap himself ahead of the field, holding position in third until James’ mechanical failure gifted the Camaro another spot.

Hall methodically moved through the field after starting from 12th on the grid to complete the podium and take the GTS-Am honors.

The only break in action resulted from contact between the two Case-It Racing Porsche Caymans of Cameron Cassels and Adam Merzon.  The two teammates collided, tossing Merzon’s Porsche into the BMW of Ari Balogh. The stranded BMW required a full course caution to be recovered.

Nate Stacey in the sister Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche and Barkey completed the top five after a massive spin for Klenin into Turn 1. Klenin avoided contact in the incident and went on to finish eighth.

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.