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USTCC Opening round results

Toni Avery
May 7, 2013

At the opening round of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championships (USTCC) at Thunderhill Raceway, Brad McClure came out with the victory. Driving the BTM Motorwerks/GoGoGear.com BMW M3 he scored the first place finish in only his second USTCC race. While Dave Brown held the lead for most of the race in the Competition Clutch/Hawk Brake BMW M3, McClure overtook and Brown finished second. Mike Lock ended up with a third place win.

Although Bob Bradfield got pole on Saturday in the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3, it was short lived when he made a pass under a yellow flag during a Sunday practice session. He was forced to start at the back of the field while his teammate Doug Makishima started on pole. But just like Bradfield, his luck was also short lived when too much wheel spin in turn one caused Brown to take the lead.

Not only were there several lead changes during the race, but also race altering events. Barber held the lead at one point but only one lap later had to give up his spot due to a blown turbocharger. To make matters worse, a blown transmission created an oil spill on track, which caused several cars to spin off. Only a few laps into the race, most of the track was covered in dirt and oil.

For the GT field, Goeff Sykes driving the Replay TV/European Motor Works BMW M3 won over Daniel Akhromstev driving the Domport Auto Body BMW M3. Rob Rodriguez finished third in the TH Motorsports Noble M400.

By Toni Avery
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