Bakersfield, CA -- Brad McClure is now one step closer to winning his first Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) after scoring his fourth win of the season at Buttonwillow Raceway. Daniel Akhromstev has been looking strong lately and finally made it to the top step of the podium scoring his first win in the PTF Motorsport/Domport Auto Body BMW M3.
McClure seems to have a halo over his head as many of his competitors keep challenging him but fail to deliver when the time comes. On Saturday McClure did a blistering lap of 2.00.766 to grab the provisional pole in his GoGoGear.com/UTI/BTM Motorwerkes BMW M3. Tim Barber had a personal commitment and could not be there on Saturday but showed on Sunday to qualify to beat McClure's time. McClure received help from above as the track personnel had to fix a hole in the track surface for the session which made the track narrower through the Buttonhook turn. Despite the handicap, Barber came close to beating McClure's time but just missed it by a tenth of a second. In the race, McClure's competition seemed to be from Barber and Jason Alexandridis who was driving the BTM Motorwerkes BMW M3. Alexandridis had a suspension issue and was not a factor and Barber slowed down with turbocharger problems. McClure was followed by Dave Brown's Hawk Brakes/ Competition Clutch BMW M3 who scored scored his fifth second place finish of the season and is now in, guess where, second place in points. Pete Bovenberg scored his first podium of the year after finishing in third place in the MBO Motorsports Honda Civic.
In the GT class, Akhromstev won but he spent most of the race being chased by the CT Engineering/ Supertech Honda S2000 of Andrie Hartanto. The two were bumper to bumper most of the race as Hartanto started on pole, dropped to fourth and fought back to finish in second. Finishing a strong third was the Performance Technic BMW M3 of Sean Yepez.