Randy Kinsland wins TA3; Simon Gregg is 3rd in TA at Road Atlanta
# 11 Randy Kinsland secured his third career Trans Am TA3 class win after a streak of mechanical problems ended his 2017 championship pursuit.
# 59 Simon Gregg notched another top finish coming in 3rd behind the TA Mustangs of 2017 champ # 98 Ernie Francis Jr and the winner # 20 Chris Dyson.
Against Porsches 991 GT3 supported by the juggernaut Fall-Line operation, Kinsland took the TA3 pole but got passed right after the start by 2017 TA3 champion # 46 Mark Boden. Teammate # 44 Tim Kezman also got past. In a spirited drive, Kinsland re-passed Kezman a lap later, closed in on and passed Bowden on lap 23 for the win and 7th OA.
In the words of Kinsland, “We’re just a two-man crew including myself. We’ve been trying to get this car back on top. It’s really sweet to see all of that hard work pay off”.
# 23 Amy Ruman’s streak of bad luck continued. Having qualified in the top 5, her Corvette developed a vibration that forced her to park it on lap 21. The problem turned out to be the tranny and a DNF that dropped her to 17th OA.
# 04 TA3 newcomer Aaron Pierce was 7th in class, 20th OA
# 53 TA newcomer Larry Hoopaugh was 15th OA in his Tony Ave C6.
# 20 Chris Dyson took his first win after battling late in the race with # 98 Ernie Francis Jr who was penalized for blocking.
A big thank you to Chris Clark for the exceptional photos.
Next race is at Homestead April 15.