Indiana, USA– The fifth round of the GRC touring car championship saw the series compete on new venue in the championship at Putnam Park. Torrent Motorsports fielded five cars for this round with Borna Spoljaric, Martin Palm, Dave Carr-Smith and TMo debutants Andrius Stankevicius and Ilija Brekalo who joined the team after driving a Ford in the first four rounds. The success ballast for the round were Spoljaric with 45kg, Palm with 41kg, Carr-Smith with 13kg and Brekalo with 1kg.
Qualifying: Spoljaric claimed his second pole of the season with a time of 1:10.100, Brekalo set the 4th fastest time of 1:10.482, Palm set the 8th fastest time of 1:10.801, Stankevicius set the 10th fastest time of 1:11.207 and Carr-Smith was 17th after some car issues with a time of 1:20.684.
Race One: Spoljaric had a race long battle with Van Camp for the lead, on the final lap in turn one the two made contact and lost time. Van Camp spun and Spoljaric dropped to 2nd, this was where he finished. Palm finished behind Spoljaric in 3rd after another battle through the field. Stankevicius climbed up to 6th after a solid first race, Brekalo showed he had the speed but a spin mid-way through the race caused him to finish in 10th and Carr-Smith had a disaster of a race by collecting a spun out car and struggling around to finish 17th.
Race Two: Spoljaric set the fastest lap early on but started to struggle with tyre wear late on and finished in 3rd. Palm again followed Spoljaric home in 4th. Stankevicius had another solid race finishing in 7th; Brekalo again showed good pace setting the second fastest time but had another spin dropping him down to 13th. Carr-Smith battled up to 8th after starting 17th.
Race Three: Carr-Smith started on pole after the top 8 were reversed this time but his run of bad luck carried on after a technical issue caused him to pull off the track and get collected by another car. Spoljaric, Palm and Stankevicius had a race long battle for the win with Palm coming out on top, Spoljaric following in 2nd and Stankevicius settling for 3rd. Brekalo climbed up to 9th from 13th again showing good pace and making some great passes.
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Round 5 of the Championship sees the series head to Montreal in Canada. Tune into SimRace.tv on Monday November 28th at 20:00 UK time to see all the action live.