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ICYMI - Recap of BSI, GR Cup at Sebring

Updated: May 8



BSI Racing posted another stint in the Toyota GR Cup over the weekend at Sebring International Raceway. Bringing five drivers to the field last weekend, BSI continues to push towards hosting one of the largest teams in the paddock.

 

Maddie Aust, Steven Clemmons, and Max Hewitt, returned to the lineup after the opener in Sonoma, while Jordan RickSegrinni and rookie Julian DaCostan made their season debut.

 

It was an up-and-down weekend for BSI Racing. Crew chiefs, alongside lead engineer Andrew Carbonell, worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to find the right setups for BSI drivers. After a testing weekend at COTA the week before, chiefs, drivers, and Carbonell combed through crucial track data to find pace in the GR86 machines.

 

“We definitely put the work in to give our drivers the best chance they could ask for this weekend,” said Driving Coach and Lead Engineer, Carbonell.

 

“We are seeing development, seeing growth. This is a group of drivers that are experiencing this kind of racing for the first time, but it’s encouraging to see them improve throughout each event.”

 

Jordan RickSegrini returned to the series after missing the opening weekend at Sonoma to find himself earning a pair of top-10s. Though he struggled to find pace in qualifying at times, RickSegrini strung together two nice races, earning himself a P9 finish and race two and a P6 finish in race one.

 

RickSegrini wasn’t the only driver to find himself in the points at Sebring. Rookie driver Julian DaCosta, who also made his season debut at the historic track, notched a P10 finish in both races while also earning his first Hard Charger award in the series.

 

Steven Clemons just barely missed out on back-to-back top-10s over the weekend as well, with a P11 result, just behind BSI teammate DaCosta, in race one, but a strong P7 result in race two.


Despite an up and down weekend of qualifying for Max Hewitt, the rookie came out strong in race two on Sunday, taking home a P12 finish. Fellow rookie Maddie Aust also showed pace over the weekend with P12 finish in race one, earning the prize for the top finishing female, her second of the season.

 

“We feel as if we’re close to putting it all together,” said Team Principal Shea Holbrook.

 

“Our drivers are getting a better feel for these cars and working on their race craft. It will come for them. We just have to keep pushing, keep testing, keep diving into the data, and do our homework. I feel good about going into COTA.”

 

BSI Racing returns to the track at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on May 17.

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