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Fall-Line Motorsports Claims 2014 CSTC Title in GS on HRE R43

October 6th, 2014

Buffalo Grove, IL (October 6, 2014)- Fall-Line Motorsports won the trifecta in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) series this past weekend at Road Atlanta as they captured the driver, team, and manufacturer titles in the GS category for the 2014 season. It was a day to remember for the Fall-Line Motorsports team who had been chasing the Championship since they last won in 2010. Trent Hindman finished first in overall driver standings with John Edwards second. Edwards failed to complete the minimum drive time at Kansas Speedway, thus, didn't receive points for that race. The #46 car driven by Edwards and Hindman finished first in team standings, beating out the #6 car by just sixteen points and securing the 3rd Championship for BMW in the last four years.  Teammates Shelby Blackstock and Andrew Longe had a solid run to finish 8th, and would have had a top-five finish at the least had they not been forced to serve a drive-through penalty. 

The Championship battle was one for the books. Heading into the race at Road Atlanta, Hindman had a five-point lead over second place. The team knew it would be a dog fight to the end of the 2.5-hour race but went in with the same mentality they had carried all year: strong pit stops, shrewd strategy, and smart, clean driving. Hindman started the race from the back of the pack. He wasn't able to complete his flying lap during qualifying before a red flag came out. He knew this was a precarious situation to come from the rear of the field in so much traffic, but Hindman, ever the professional at 19-years-old, brought the #46 in for its first pit stop without a scratch on it and in fourth position.

The Fall-Line crew completed another unbelievable pit stop and leapfrogged the #6 car in the pits to put Edwards out in 2nd. It was a thrilling race to watch, every lap the points standings changed and then with great track position the #46 just needed to keep pressure on their championship rival. Under the next yellow all pitted again for what would be the final stop and the #46 made the bold decision to take four tires as the #6 took just two. This decision by the Fall-Line engineers proved to be the critical championship move as their competitor started to lose grip as the race came down to the wire.  Edwards stayed with the lead pack, and was running in fourth, when the #6 car made contact with the #8 Aston Martin in the closing laps. Edwards was able to miss the incident with some nimble driving and drove the BMW M3 to the checkered flag in second place, securing the CTSC Championship. This is Fall-Line's second Championship after winning in 2010 with Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub. Hindman became the youngest CTSC GS Champion in the series history, at just 19 years old.

"It was an incredible end to an incredible season. At the beginning of the year I thought that John and I had a shot at the title, but champions? It's unbelievable!", said Trent Hindman, driver of the #46 BMW. "As always, I can't thank everybody at Fall-Line enough for the all of their hard work and dedication all year long. Also a huge thank you to our partners Trim-Tex, Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, and DFL Interiors for all of their awesome amount of support. Now the work begins to try and defend our title in 2015!"

To watch a replay of the season-ending race, tune into FOX Sports 1 on October 12 at 12p ET.

 

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