As many of Forza Motorsport’s best drivers were out in Seattle along with YMTV’s finest and some of TORA’s top brass, there was still a quality race to be had at Indianapolis in the TORA ASCC. The Indianapolis GP circuit was the stage for round two of TORA’s American Sportscar Championship.
Qualifying was a close affair, a short track coupled with tight track limits ensured a tight field. AMS and HCR locked out the DP field in the top lobby with AMS Vanquish out-qualifying HCR debutant Boxer, with AMS Nightmare and HCR Motorhead on the second row. Hamish was just a thousandth off teammate Motorhead in fifth.
In GT, there were more teams in the mix as TUS Switch took pole - and the only man in the 1:21s - as HCR Cerberus narrowly beat out AMS Moshys. AMS Blaze, SFM’s own SrPhloofy and TUS Grizzly completed the top three rows.
At the start, the field remained status quo for the start until Nightmare found his way past Boxer, meaning three groups, two AMS out front, three HCR in the middle and two AMS behind, effectively a very meaty feline sandwich. Sadly, AMS Swiift was the first retirement with technical gremlins.
Switch controlled the race out front, as Moshys passed Cerberus but all three held out somewhat consistently. Further back, AMS Blaze was getting punchy with the rest of the field, trading paint with TUS Grizzly and SrPhloofy. Blaze would be called to the stewards office after the race for excessive roughing and exit with a penalty.
Privateer Koenigsegg R had a bad time in traffic, he had pace on those in front of him, namely BM Blaus, but he couldn’t capitalise until the very end.
Out front, Vanquish and Nightmare were having a close battle for the lead. Nightmare got the jump on his teammate at one point but it flipped the other way after the last round of pit stops. Vanquish would hold on although cutting it very fine with fuel as the white flag came out just after the pair crossed.
Boxer found himself fifth behind his teammates after the last pit stops as Motorhead elected to pit early and Hamish chose a splash and dash, the former just getting into turn one and holding out in the inter-team battle for the final podium spot, despite big pressure from behind.
TUS Switch comfortably won in GT ahead of AMS Moshys and HCR Cerberus. Right at the death, AMS Blaze and SrPhloofy tangled in the last sector, giving TUS Grizzly an easy finish in fourth. Koenigsegg R beat BM Blaus on the road in the lower order.
It is now a short turnaround as the teams jet out to Monterey for the next round at Laguna Seca on the 8th of April.
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Article written by Motorhead