Rezzetano Scores First Career Pirelli World Challenge GTS Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
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Rezzetano Scores First Career Pirelli World Challenge GTS Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Kurt Rezzetano, of Phoenixville, Pa. held off pole sitter Max Riddle, of Vancouver, B.C. and Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga. to score his first career GTS win. Saturday's 29-lap GTS Round 7 race, part of the Remo Ferri Group Canadian Grand Prix presented by Replay XD event, was held at the 10-turn 2.459 mile Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The 17-car GTS field took the green flag with Riddle in the No. 07 TRG-AMR Royal Purple/Orion/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA Aston Martin Vantage GT4 leading the field into turn one and through the first part of the lap. However, as Riddle headed to turn 7, Rezzetano in the No. 37 Phoenix Performance/Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302 found the opportunity to make a pass for the lead. The pass, finalized in turn 8, would be the only pass for the lead in the race. Rezzetano was awarded the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race award.

Behind the top two, Baldwin running in third in the No. 73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman was able to draw away from the pack, but was unable to stay with the leaders as the first laps of the race passed. The pack behind Baldwin in the early part of the race was led by Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa. driving the No. 32 Phoenix Performance/Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, ON. in the No. 38 Kinetic Motorsports PutOnTheBrakes.org Kia Racing Optima.

On lap three, Dan Martinson from Medina, Minn. in the No 33 Rehagen Racing Gear Tie/Night Ize Ford Mustang Boss 302 had contact with the No. 36 of Ben Clucas, of Northampton, England, in the DonorsChoose.Org Kinetic Motorsports / Kia Racing Kia Optima resulting in Martinson making contact with the outside wall in turn 10. Martinson was able to continue but ultimately had to retire from damage sustained in the incident stopping on the entrance to turn 2 with a right front tie-rod failure, resulting in an early full course caution.

Once the race resumed on lap 9, Rezzetano drew away once again from Riddle who also was able to draw away from Baldwin. While the top three were able to establish their positions and gap one another, the same could not be said behind them. Wilkins was able to get past Aquilante on lap 10 with a clean pass in turn 8. Once past, Aquilante was able to stay directly behind the bumper of Wilkins. The sixth-through-tenth-position-pack was also able to stay within one second of each another as the race continued under green for an extended period of time.
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