Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi claimed victory behind the wheel of the No. 33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR for Hyundai Motor America at the Lime Rock Park 100. In a race where fuel strategy was a key factor in the race, Wilkins and Filippi drove a commanding race. The
Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) duo was able to control their fuel and obtain the lead from the No. 37 Honda just after 15 minutes remaining on the clock. With Saturday’s win for Wilkins and Filippi, the pairing now regains the lead of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC) TCR Drivers’ Championship standings.
“We drove a smart race and had a great car,” said Mark Wilkins, co-driver of the No. 98 Hyundai Elantra N TCR. “Chris (BHA engineer) did a great job, great on fuel, everything was just really well done. We’ve got a really great synergy on the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport team and we’re having fun. When you’re having fun, these kinds of things happen. Mason did a great job today. I’m really happy for him, this is a big win for him. Here we are, second win of the year and it feels great.”
“Our Hyundai Elantra N TCR for Bryan Herta Autosport car was just hooked up today,” said Mason Filippi, co-driver of the No. 98 Hyundai Elantra N TCR. “Mark killed his stint and brought us to the front. It was awesome out there.”
Robert Wickens and Harry Gottsacker in the No. 33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR for BHA fought their way from a fourth place starting position to earn the second spot on the podium at the Lime Rock Park 100. While BHA teammates Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis looked poised for a top-six finish until late contact spun the No. 1 Elantra N TCR in the final minutes of the race to finish in seventh. van der Steur Racing’s Tyler Maxson and Bryan Ortiz in the No. 91 Elantra N TCR and Lime Rock Park weekend-only teammates, Rory van der Steur and Luca Mars in the No. 90 Hyundai Veloster N TCR, rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Lime Rock Park 100 saw the return of Deily Motorsports with Jacob Deily joined by Robert Megennis in the No. 70 Elantra N TCR, who unfortunately suffered a tire issue early that ended in retirement from the 100-minute race. Deily Motorsports also fielded a second Elantra N TCR in the No. 74 with Cabot Bigham and Jordan Wisely who finished the day in 12th.
With Hyundai’s impressive stable of seven cars present at the natural terrain road course in Connecticut with six Elantra N TCRs and one Veloster N TCR, Hyundai has now taken the Manufacturers’ Championship lead ahead of Audi. The IMPC season will continue next in two weeks’ time at Road America for the Road America 120 on Sunday, August 6, 2023.
- Top Finishing Hyundai: First place for the No. 98 Hyundai Elantra N TCR driven by Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi
- Top Qualifying Hyundai: Second place for the No. 98 Hyundai Elantra N TCR driven by Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi
Hyundai Championship Standings
|1||R. Wickens / H. Gottsacker||Bryan Herta Autosport||#33 Elantra N TCR||1470|
|2||M. Wilkins / M. Filippi||Bryan Herta Autosport||#98 Elantra N TCR||1450|
|6||T. Maxson||van der Steur Racing||#91 Elantra N TCR||1290|
|7||M. Lewis / T. Hagler||Bryan Herta Autosport||#1 Elantra N TCR||1190|
|13||B. Ortiz||van der Steur Racing||#91 Elantra N TCR||1010|
IMSA TCR Manufacturer Standings