Grand Am Season Wraps Up at Lime Rock Park

Three Victories Highlight 2012 Season for Honda

10/9/2012

Podium Finish for Compass360 at Lime Rock Park

  

On a rainy day at Lime Rock Park in northwestern Connecticut, Compass360 drivers Trevor Hopwood and Billy Johnson concluded the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire sports car series with a third-place finish in their Honda Civic Si, securing Honda a third-place finish in the ST Manufacturers’ Championship.

 

Persistent rain showers throughout the morning practice sessions limited on-track activities prior to the start of the single-day event, resulting in a starting grid set by championship points. 

 

As a result, Johnson and former series champion Hopwood started deep in the field, 26th on the 33-car grid.  Nevertheless, the pair relentlessly moved forward, taking the lead by mid-race and continuing at the front for the next 39 laps.

 

A final caution on Lap 93 set up a 10-lap dash to the finish, with Pierre Kleinubing taking both the race win, co-driving with Jason Clunie, and drivers’ championship.  A drying track played to Kleinubing’s advantage, and dropped Hopwood and Johnson to a third-place finish. 

 

Although missing out on the Manufacturers’ Championship, Honda Civic Si-equipped drivers and teams still claimed their measure of success in the 2012 Continental series, with three race victories and a pair of class poles over the course of the 10-race season.

 

Despite running only a partial-season schedule, the HART duo of Chad Gilsinger and Michael Valiante won at both Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen.  Rookie Corey Fergus scored a pair of poles in his RSR Motorsports Civic Si, and won at New Jersey Motorsports Park co-driving with Owen Trinkler.

 

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