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Trans Am . Mid-Season Score Update

Trans Am . Mid-Season Score Update
Written by Jhon

With half of the 2022 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s season officially completed, there are a number of tight fights in the TA, XGT, SGT and GT classes. Here is a summary of who the top contenders are in the points standings and how they got there between Sebring and Lime Rock.

While some points maintain a dominant lead, with half the races remaining, anything can happen, and the season still has a number of challenges and a unique racetrack to take on. The only way to know how 2022 will turn out is to keep watching every TransAm race on YouTube.com/TheTransAmSeries or on CBS Sports.

Chris Dyson: Leader 186 points

Chris Dyson has had a dominant season to date, winning five of his first six races for 2022. Dyson won the Motul pole, led the most laps and won the race, all by a large margin, at Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Sonoma and Lime Rock. The 2021 champion has already won more races than he did at this point last year, and is close to rivaling his seven victories this championship season.

One hiccup a season from Dyson occurred at Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, where the driver of the #20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang had a flat front tire on lap eight, causing the car to fall into a wall resulting in him finishing eighth. .

Tommy Al Drissi: tied for second place, 135 points

The points battle rages behind Dyson, with three contenders within one point of each other. Tommy Dressey’s No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang has been Dyson’s toughest competition so far this year, and he’s had four consecutive podium finishes from Charlotte through Sonoma.

Drissi suffered a heartbreak at Lime Rock Park, hitting the oil and crashing hard during qualifying while running for second. Due to qualifying on the same day as the race, the team was unable to repair the car in time and Al Drissi received the DNS. This lifted the 2009 TA champ from just 26 points behind Dyson to -51 and put him in a tight triplex race for second place.

Ken Thwaites: tied for second, 135 points

Ken Thwaites in the No. 7 Franklin Road Apparel, the Chevrolet Camaro had a solid season, taking four third places in six events. The 2020 XGT Champion is a constant face on the Trans Am podium, and has won the Masters (for drivers aged 60 and over) in all but one of the events so far this year.

His team, Showtime Motorsports, took home its first Motul Pole and first TA win of the year, both by driver Paul Maynard at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team is only in its second season of TA competition.

Aimee Roman: 4th place, 134 points

Two-time TA champ Amy Roman is only one point behind Al-Draisi and Thwaites. She’s driven a number of laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a #23 Corvette at McNichols Co, and has taken the podium twice so far in 2022. She has shown plenty of speed in the first six rounds of the season, but has unfortunately been the best victim of other drivers’ mistakes, with Friction from other drivers has affected her several times this season.

Roman’s biggest problem so far came at Sonoma, when a hard-to-find part failed during a training session and prevented her from qualifying. The overnight part was hers and arrived moments before the green flag, but despite her team’s fastest work, she wasn’t able to start the rest of the field. She and her team, Ruman Racing, didn’t give up, and managed to make it to the track and salvage a fifth.

Hamid Masoud Fifth Place 65 points

Dyson’s teammate CD Racing, Hamid Masoud, is fifth in points in his #21 allgram Ford Mustang. While he will likely be a long way from the title race, he has managed to break into the top five in points despite only participating in three out of six races this year. Massoud has shown great speed so far this year, never falling behind Dyson on the track or on the speed charts.

XGT class

Randy Hill in the #31 Hill Propeller Corvette beats Jason Hart and Michael Weathers, who drive the #48 G Speed ​​Corvette. Hill has a 17-point lead over Hart and an 18-point lead over Withers. Hill has two wins (Road Atlanta and Lime Rock) for Weathers’ only win at Laguna Seca.

SGT فئة class

Milton Grant’s No. 55 Sentry Self Storage/Springhill Suites Porsche 991.1 tops the SGT class rankings with 45 points, but Dirk Leuenberger’s No. 25 Luxe Performance Dodge Viper and Cindy Lux’s No. 25. 45 BlackRock Coffee Dodge Viper are both within walking distance. Close with 37 points and 35 points, respectively. Leuenberger and Lux ​​have one win each, with Luenberger coming in at Laguna Seca and Lux’s at Sonoma Raceway.

GT . class

Billy Griffin leads the race in the GT class firmly in the #14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan Twin Ford Mustang. With a score of 67 points, he is 49 points ahead of the nearest competitor, Natalie Decker, in the No. 29 N29 Technologies LLC Audi R8. Bob Michaelian is only two points behind Decker in race number 52 for the RP Ford Mustang GT4. Griffin racked up three class victories at Sebring, Rhode Atlanta and Lime Rock. Decker won Charlotte in her only start of the season.

TA2

Pirelli TA2’s Trans Am series has shown explosive growth over previous seasons, with record-breaking entry rosters at nearly every track this year. With so many contenders vying for victory each week, the points race is incredibly close, and the points leader changes after nearly every event.

The tournament has never been decided, and the lead will likely continue to change in the remaining six events. The only way to know how 2022 will turn out is to keep watching every TransAm race on YouTube.com/TheTransAmSeries or on CBS Sports.

Rafa Matos: Leader 140 points

Two-time TA2 Champion Rafa Matos, in the 88th Group 3D Services, took the Mustang to the championship lead for the second time in 2022. Matos began the season with great fanfare at the Sebring International Raceway, driving nearly every lap on his way home to his first victory of the year. He cemented his power once again at the Sonoma racetrack, claiming his second win of the season.

Matos’ season has not been without its challenges. His biggest was in Road Atlanta, where engine problems knocked him out of the race early and landed him 34th. The rain (and rain tires) proved to be an opponent at Lime Rock’s most recent race. However, Matos has shown consistent pace throughout the season, and his past tournaments have shown that he can get the job done.

Thomas Merrill: 2nd place, 124 points

Thomas Merrill’s season was buoyant, but he finished the first half of the season with a win at Lime Rock Park by driving outside and a strategy of outsmarting his opponents in the rain. He started the year with a podium finish, driving the car of teammate Al Prieto who passed away during the slump.

Merrill has four consecutive podium finishes and one Motul Pole award in his No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners Ford Mustang, but problems at Charlotte Motor Speedway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca prevented him from climbing higher in the points standings.

Tyler Kesera: 3rd place, 118 points

Tyler Kicera In the #77 LIQUI MOLY/Turn 14 distribution, the Chevrolet Camaro has also had an up and down season, with the only podium for 2022 being a victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. He was always at the front of the court, and all but one of the finishing touches were inside the top eight. The Shard came at the Sonoma racetrack when he lost a generator and was forced to retire early, a disappointing 27th place finish.

Cameron Lawrence: 4th place, 115 points

Two-time TA2 champion Cameron has run a consistent campaign so far in his #6 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro. He took the podium at Rhode Atlanta and Lime Rock Park and finished in the top ten in every but one race. A rough race by his rivals forced him off the track at Laguna Seca and resulted in a 17th place finish. With a fast car and past championships under his belt, you can’t count Lawrence out of a championship fight.

Mike Skene: 5th place, 113 points

2020 TA2 Champion Mike Skeen, in his 89th 3D-Service Mustang, had one of the most interesting seasons ever, working his way into the top five despite running a partial schedule. However, he made the most of every start, racking up two wins (Atlanta Road, Laguna Seca), three podiums and two pole awards in just four games. Rain at Lime Rock damaged his run, as did teammate Matos, and he finished 14th on the track despite being the fastest in qualifying and driving laps.

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