WILSON WINS ROUND 5 GTS RACE AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
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WILSON WINS ROUND 5 GTS RACE AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

Kris Wilson, of Monument, Colo., won the Round 5 GTS race at the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche, part of the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. It's Wilson's second win of the season. Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, Ontario, was second, while Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa. was third.

From the rolling start, Ben Clucas, of Northampton, England, in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.Org Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing Kia Optima, who had started second on the grid, got a run on pole sitter Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., in the No. 73 RESET-MD GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman to take the lead into turn 1.

Tucking in behind Clucas and Baldwin were Wilson, in the 07 Orion/Royal Purple/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in third and Mark Wilkins, in the No. 38 PutOnTheBrakes.Org Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing Kia Optima in fourth. Through lap 1, Clucas maintained his lead over Baldwin, with Wilson, Wilkins and GTS Championship Points leader coming into Barber Dean Martin, of Westland, Mich., in the No. 50 Rehagen Racing/Picture Cars East Ford Mustang Boss 302 in fifth.

By lap 3, Baldwin started to close the gap on Clucas while Wilson pressured Baldwin from third position. By lap 5, Wilson had his best lap of 1:32.144 and began constant pressure on Baldwin, while the driver of the No. 73 closed up on the bumper of Clucas' No. 36 Optima.

Of note, Round 4 St. Petersburg winner Spencer Pumpelly, of Atlanta, Ga., in the No. 87 iTrackzone.com DWW Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302 dropped out of the race due to mechanical problems on lap 5. On lap 9, Wilson completed the pass over Baldwin on the outside of turn 1 only to have Baldwin strike back through turn 5 to take the position back. After 10 laps, Clucas maintained a slim lead over Baldwin and Wilson with Wilkins now catching the top three to make it a four-car battle. On lap 13, Wilson again passed Baldwin through turn 1, this time on the inside and the pass stuck as the driver of the 07 car took up the battle with Clucas. On Lap 16, both Clucas and Wilson drove off the track momentarily through turns 8 and 9 as both drivers battled for top spot.

Then as Clucas ran wide through turn 5 on lap 18, Wilson passed on the inside and set sail in the lead building up an almost immediate five-car gap over Clucas who now was being pressured by Baldwin. The pass by Wilson earned him the Cadillac ATS-V Best Move of the Race Award.
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