BHA and Hyundai Achieve Double Podium Result at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
· Robert Wickens and Harry Gottsacker Earn Second Place, Retain Points Lead
· Bryan Herta Autosport Teammates Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi
Complete Podium with Third Place Finish
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 10, 2023 – Hyundai Motor America earned an IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge double podium with two Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) pairings, Robert Wickens and Harry Gottsacker as well as Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. After qualifying third for Saturday’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120, the No. 33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR with Canadian-native Wickens and co-driver Gottsacker found themselves in the lead of the TCR class by the halfway point in the two-hour race. However, having made their pitstop earlier than many other front-runners Wickens was forced to save fuel during his stint, allowing the second placed runner to catch up. The Canadian did his best to defend and only after contact on the penultimate lap was he passed. Wickens was forced into a second pitstop at the end of the lap, but still finished in second.
Fellow BHA teammates Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi gained two positions from qualifying to round out the podium at CTMP. With Saturday’s podium, Wickens and Gottsacker now lead the IMPC TCR class drivers’ championship standings, 20 points ahead of Wilkins and Filippi.
Luck wasn’t on the side of the reigning Champions, Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis in Canada. The pair looked to have a promising day before a left-front flat tire issue sent the No. 1 Elantra N TCR laps down to finish eighth after an impressive repair by the crew.