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Paul Holton Claims Road America 120 Pole for McLaren

Compass Racing’s Paul Holton won the overall pole for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s Road America 120 on Saturday morning (Aug. 4).  Holton turned a lap at 105.153 mph in his McLaren 570S GT4, a track record for the CTSC.

Holton’s lap was a full second faster than CarBahn Motorsports’ Tyler McQuarrie in the sole Audi R8 LMS GT4.  Multimatic Motorsports’ Chad McCumbee will start third in the best of the Mustangs, followed by Motorsport in Action’s Jesse Lazare.  TeamTGM’s Owen Trinkler, fresh off victory at Lime Rock, will start fifth.

Points leaders Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy in the KohR Motorsports No. 60 Ford Mustang are way down in 17th overall, 16th in Grand Sport.  The fact that the car made it on-track during the session is still pretty good since Stacy crashed the car Friday.  The Mustang suffered extensive front-end damage that ended that particular chassis’ weekend.  A back-up car was procured for the point leaders to race.

In TCR, eEuroparts.com’s Tom O’Gorman continued his recent qualifying form by taking his second consecutive class pole.  O’Gorman’s lap of 102.808 mph was good enough for 16th overall.

O’Gorman’s lap was one and three-eighths of a second faster than Compass Racing’s Tom Long in a similar Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport.  JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Michael Johnson was another 1.5 seconds back in third.

The Street Tuner class will see BimmerWorld Racing’s Nick Galante start his BMW 328i on pole with a lap of 95.894 mph, good enough for 31st overall.  Galante’s time was a half-second faster than MINI JCW Team’s No. 52 for Colin MullanMike LaMarra in the No. 73 MINI will start third in class.


The Road America 120 is scheduled to go green at 5:05 p.m. EDT Saturday afternoon from Road America.  The race will be streamed live at both IMSA.com and FansChoice.tv.


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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as the Super DIRTcar Series.

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