Season 2 Round #1 Watkins Glen 50 laps March 20th 14:00 Weather-Dry, Overcast 1. GT3 Pro Matthew Spurrell, McLaren -50 laps 2. GT3 Am Nic Hurtado, BMW Z4 3. GT3 Pro Tom Senchak, Corvette C7R 4. GT3 Pro Joe White, Cadillac, ATS-V.R 5. GT3 Pro Sean Flemming, McLaren 6. GT3 Pro Chris Bowman, Bentley Continental 7. GT3 Am Tim Brook, BMW Z4 8. GT3 Pro Nic Worsfold, Bentley Continental 9. GTE Am Lucas Gortman, Corvette C7R -+ 1 Laps 10.GT3 Am Chris Cavana, Mercedes SLS -+ 1 Laps 11.GTE Am Brian Batiato, Corvette C7R -+1 Laps 12.GT3 Pro Michael Watts, Mercedes SLS -+2 Laps 13.GT3 Pro Ben Wells, Aston Martin V12 -DNF (engine) 14.GT3 Pro Railer Cantrell, Cadillac ATS-V.R -DNF (handling) 15.GT3 Pro Eric Cline, Bentley Continental -DNF (crash) 16.GT3 Pro Robert Waddell, Cadillac ATS-V.R -DNF (crash) Season two brings new changes and challenges to the Series. The schedule was expanded and a Virtual Safety Car system added. With a full field and fast drivers for the Season opener, Watkins Glen's quiet Amish countryside was awakened by the roar of engines and sound of tires crying out for attention. Anticipation levels were high, and expectations equally high. Last minute drama and back room deals being made by Manufacturers to get drivers into their cars. Two new Cars were added to the Series roster with the Cadillac and Corvette being available to the Drivers this Season. Qualifying was fast and furious with Matthew Spurrell taking the pole by .051 seconds over Nic Worsfold with a 1:41.743. From Ben Wells in 3rd back to 13th were only separated by 1.5 seconds. The start of the race went well for the front runners while the First corner reached out and bit some drivers spreading the field out a bit until the first caution created by and incident in turn 8. After pitting and closing the field up the green flag dropped again for a couple of laps. With all the drivers now closed up, a second caution was inevitable, and so was the incident coming out of the bus stop. Several cars were allowed to pit and close back up as the field took the green again, only to have Nic Worsfold slip at the start and spin on cold tires. That would all but ruin his race, dropping him back to the rear until pit stops allowed him to recover to finish 8th. Scheduled pitstops began around lap 25 and numerous strategies were enacted to gain an advantage on a track that was eating tires losing grip as the race progressed. Eventually things would sort out as Spurrell maintained the top position as the Race ran into Dusk. With 40 laps to go, 3rd place, Michael Watts crashed hard into the barrier on the exit of the Bus-stop. As he limped his car around there was some confusion and mystery as to why a caution wasn't called, but the race went on at a furious pace. The last ten laps saw a lot of cars struggle for grip as the Sun had fully gone down by now and late race spins shook up the final run down. Spurrell was able to hold onto the win, driving a near perfect race. Nic Hurtado moved up to 2nd in the final laps to catch his first Podium and move himself out of Amateur status. Tom Senchak rallied his C7R to a 3rd place finish in the first outing of the new car. Senchak, runner up in the Championship last season dominated many of the races last year, was not happy with his finish. A bit disappointed with the new car he hopes to achieve a better result in the next Round as the series moves to Donington for the UK Grand Prix. Honerable mention goes to, Joe White, driving the new Cadillac fought his way from the back of the pack to finish 4th, just missing the Podium.