Continental Sports Cars: Foster Maxwell Flag-to-Flag in Barber 200

April 11, 2011 Updated: April 15, 2011

Joe Foster shares the podium with his daughter and with co-driver Scott Maxwell. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Joe Foster shares the podium with his daughter and with co-driver Scott Maxwell. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
LEEDS, Ala.—Detroit iron beat German engineering in the GS class of the Continental Sports Car Challenge Barber 200 from Barber Motorsports Park Saturday, April 9, as the #15 Multimatic Mustang Boss 302R of Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell took the checkered flag 1.25 seconds ahead of points leaders Bill Auberlen and Paul Dala Lana in the #96 Turner Motorsports BMW M3.

“We dropped back mid-field mid-race but the car was good and we came on strong at the end,” Scott Maxwell told Grand Am.com.

“Trying to catch [Bill] Auberlen is really tough—he is a great driver with a strong car, so I had to wait it out and be patient. Multimatic and Ford did a great job and Joe Foster did a great job, so it was a good day.”

Bill Auberlen and Paul Dala Lana nearly recapped their GT victory in GS. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Bill Auberlen and Paul Dala Lana nearly recapped their GT victory in GS. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Joe Foster praised Maxwell’s efforts. "At the end, it was a battle between everybody with no grip, and Scott won out. It was a fantastic day for us."

Joe Foster won the pole, his third at Barber in three races, and led the first 20 laps in a muscle car battle between Foster, Matt Bell in the #9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R and Jack Roush Jr. in the #61 Roush Performance Mustang Boss 302R.

After a pair of cautions and some driver changes, Billy Johnson in the #61 Roush Mustang led John Edwards in the #9 Stevenson Camaro and Tonis Kasemets in the #46 Fall Line BMW.

The Roush and Multimatic Mustangs fight for the lead. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
The Roush and Multimatic Mustangs fight for the lead. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
After another caution on lap 40, the race restarted on lap 45 with Billy Johnson still in the lead, followed by the #00 CKS Autosport Camaro of Eric Curran and the #33 Kinetic Motorsports Kia of Bryan Sellers. Johnson pitted for tires on lap 48, giving Curran the lead.

Bill Auberlen at the wheel of the #96 Turner BMW had been moving up steadily since the green flag on lap 45, advancing four positions in two laps, then another two places in the next four laps, then taking the lead in the Hairpin on lap 52.

Scott Maxwell, in third, tried to follow Auberlen, but couldn’t squeeze by Curran. No matter; Curran pitted on lap 55, leaving Maxwell on Auberlen’s bumper.

Action was intense throughout the race. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Action was intense throughout the race. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Auberlen, fresh off a win in the Rolex GT class, was primed for a second two-win weekend. (At Homestead, Auberlen and Dala Lana won both GT in the Grand Prix of Miami and GS in the Kia 200.) Scott Maxwell in the Multimatic Ford wanted to spoil Auberlen’s hopes.

A pair of cautions on laps 56 and 64, with only a lap of green-flag racing between them, kept the field leashed until lap 70, with only seven laps left.

Scott Maxwell beats Bill Auberlen to the line, taking the lead on lap 74. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Scott Maxwell beats Bill Auberlen to the line, taking the lead on lap 74. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)
Scott Maxwell in the Multimatic Mustang worked his way close to the #96 Turner BMW, finally squeezing ahead by inches at the start/finish line on lap 74. Maxwell led through Turn One and for the rest of the race.

"Bill (Auberlen) is very hard to pass, but he is very fair. If you stick it in there, you know he's going to give you space,” Maxwell said. “We have a lot of respect for each other."

Auberlen in the BMW held off the #46 Fall Line BMW of Tonis Kasemets, who tried to get by in the Hairpin, while Billy Johnson in the #61 Mustang moved in behind. Johnson captured third from Kasemets on the final lap.

John Edwards in the #9 Stevenson Camaro filled out the top five in the GS class.

The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge travels to Virginia International Raceway near Danville, Va., for the Bosch Engineering 200 on Saturday, May 14, running in conjunction with the Rolex Bosch Engineering 250. Tickets are available at the VIR website ticket page.

The Bosch Engineering 250 will be televised at 5 p.m. on May 14 on SPEED TV

The Bosch Engineering 200 will be televised on SPEED TV on May 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Continental Sports Car Challenge Barber 200 results

 

#

Class

Pic

Drivers

Team/Car

Laps

1

15

GS

1

Foster / Maxwell

Multimatic Motorsports / Mustang Boss 302R

77

2

96

GS

2

Auberlen / Dalla Lana

Turner Motorsport / BMW M3 Coupe

77

3

61

GS

3

Johnson / Roush Jr.

Roush Performance / Mustang Boss 302R

77

4

46

GS

4

Boden / Borcheller / Kasemets

Fall-Line Motorsports / BMW M3 Coupe

77

5

9

GS

5

Bell / Edwards

Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GS.R

77

6

97

GS

6

Hand / Marsal

Turner Motorsport / BMW M3 Coupe

77

7

13

GS

7

Longhi / Plumb

Rum Bum Racing / BMW M3 Coupe

77

8

83

GS

8

Cosmo / Tetreault

BGB Motorsports / Porsche Cayman S

77

9

45

GS

9

Carter / Plumb

Fall-Line Motorsports / BMW M3 Coupe

77

10

6

GS

10

Bucknum / Stout

Mitchum Motorsports / Camaro GS.R

77

11

78

GS

11

Michaelian / Wilden

BimmerWorld Racing / BMW M3 Coupe

77

12

91

GS

12

Gibson / Hurley

APR Motorsport / Audi S4

77

13

33

GS

13

Buford / Sellers

Kinetic Motorsports / BMW M3 Coupe

77

14

68

GS

14

Buffomante / Gimple

Capaldi Racing / Ford Mustang GT

77

15

79

GS

15

Clay / Thomas

BimmerWorld Racing / BMW M3 Coupe

77

16

19

GS

16

Gerrard / Jensen

Insight Racing / BMW M3 Coupe

77

17

00

GS

17

Curran / McCalmont

CKS Autosport / Camaro GS.R

77

18

10

ST

1

Galati / Jonsson

Kinetic Motorsports / KIA Forte Koup

77

19

14

ST

2

Bell / Zacharias

Doran Racing / BMW 128i

77

20

56

ST

3

Combs / Mosing

RACE EPIC/Murillo Racing / BMW 328i

77

21

171

ST

4

Baas / Ellis

APR Motorsport / Volkswagen GTI

77

22

32

ST

5

Hacquard / Kleinubing

i-MOTO / Mazda Speed 3

77

23

31

ST

6

Pombo / Pombo

i-MOTO / Mazda Speed 3

77

24

38

GS

18

Massari / Piovanetti

BGB Motorsports / Porsche Cayman S

77

25

25

ST

7

Long / Whitis

Freedom Autosport / Mazda MX-5

77

26

181

ST

8

Gleason Jr. / Gleason

APR Motorsport / Volkswagen GTI

77

27

18

ST

9

Rondet / Westphal

Insight Racing / BMW 328i

77

28

12

ST

10

Burrows / Hopwood

Kinetic Motorsports / KIA Forte Koup

77

29

198

ST

11

Cattaneo / Trinkler

RSR Motorsports / Mini Cooper S

77

30

65

ST

12

Brown

RACE EPIC/Murillo Racing / BMW 328i

77

31

74

ST

13

Lutz / Thilenius

Compass360 Racing / Honda Civic SI

77

32

195

ST

14

Mirzayan / Riegel

RSR Motorsports / Mini Cooper S

77

33

62

GS

19

Aschenbach / Atterbury

Mitchum Motorsports / Camaro GS.R

77

34

80

ST

15

Heumann / White

BimmerWorld Racing / BMW 328i

77

35

24

ST

16

Guthrie / Skelton

V-Pack Motorsport / BMW 330

77

36

21

GS

20

Panzer / Snyder

Frederick Motorsports / Ford Mustang GT

76

37

03

ST

17

Picut / Watson

Next Generation Motorsports / BMW 330

76

38

4

ST

18

Conway / Kent

Doran Racing / BMW 128i

76

39

22

ST

19

Freeman Jr. / Freeman / Schmidt

FRESCH / Mercedes C300

75

40

77

ST

20

Novich / Rogers

Compass360 Racing / Honda Civic SI

74

41

90

ST

21

Eich / Gilsinger / Schmitt

HART / Honda Civic SI

73

42

75

ST

22

Carroll / Eversley

Compass360 Racing / Honda Civic SI

70

43

50

GS

21

Cameron / Finlay

Finlay Motorsports / Mustang Boss 302R

64

44

54

GS

22

Blackstock / Click / McGovern

Jim Click Racing / Ford Mustang GT

64

45

81

ST

23

Capestro-Dubets / Liefooghe

BimmerWorld Racing / BMW 328i

64

46

88

GS

23

Courtney / Ellis

Ranger Sports Racing / Porsche 997

62

47

27

ST

24

Foss / Rampelberg

Freedom Autosport / Mazda Speed 3

54

48

67

ST

25

Kozarov / Tallman

CA Sport / Honda Civic SI

50

49

28

ST

26

Igdalsky / Ledoux

Freedom Autosport / Mazda Speed 3

48

50

35

GS

24

Aquilante / Spaude

Subaru Road Racing Team / Subaru WRX-STI

39

51

161

ST

27

Brock / Lamb

APR Motorsport / Volkswagen GTI

33

52

196

ST

28

Farmer / Hart

RSR Motorsports / Mini Cooper S

31

53

26

ST

29

Carbonell / O'Doski

Freedom Autosport / Mazda MX-5

26

54

58

GS

25

DiLeo / Smith

Maxwell Paper Racing / Porsche 997

21

55

89

GS

26

Curtin / Lee

Ranger Sports Racing / Porsche 997

20

56

48

GS

27

Espenlaub / Putman

Fall-Line Motorsports / BMW M3 Coupe

16

57

23

ST

30

Hanson / Workman

AutoSport Promotions / BMW 330

10

58

04

GS

28

Lock / Sweeney

AM Performance / Nissan 370Z

9

59*

01

GS

0

Mundy / Rivera

CKS Autosport / Camaro GS.R

0