Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis secure a Hyundai 1-2 at Portland
Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis secured a Hyundai 1-2 in the first World Challenge race of the weekend at Portland International Raceway.
But it was pole-sitter Ryan Eversley that headed the field for a big part of the race in his RealTime Racing-prepared Honda.
Eversley claimed the lead at the start but was reeled in by the Bryan Herta Autosport drivers toward the end of the race. Wilkins was first to make the move just three laps from the finish when they hit lapped traffic and his team-mate Lewis followed a lap later.
Eversley even came under pressure from team-mate Michael Cooper but was able to keep third with Cooper finishing fourth just nine tenths of a second behind.
The positions behind remained more or less the same throughout the race with Michael Hurczyn finishing fifth as the top Volkswagen driver for FCP Euro by HRD.
Mason Filippi crossed the finishing line in sixth for team TFB while Nate Vincent made it three Volkswagens in the top seven, finishing seventh a full 50 seconds behind race-winner Wilkins.
Matt Fassnacht rounded off the top eight in his Audi RS 3 LMS.
There was one retirement in the race in the form of Jarett Andretti who retired on lap 18 due to a technical issue with his Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
Eversley is still in the lead of the championship but with Hyundai drivers Wilkins and Lewis getting closer, trailing the Honda driver by four and 15 points respectively.
The second race of the weekend starts at 10:40 local time today.