Photo: Bryan Herta Autosport

Michael Lewis leads another superior Hyundai 1-2 in second Utah race

Michael Lewis crossed the finishing line at Utah Motorsports Campus to claim his and Bryan Herta Autosport’s second victory of the World Challenge weekend, with team-mate Mark Wilkins making it a second superior Hyundai 1-2.

Just as in yesterday’s race, Lewis started from pole and controlled the race from there with team-mate Wilkins not far behind.

The opening lap saw an incident between Audi driver Anthony Geraci and Volkswagen driver Nate Vincent. Both of them were able to rejoin the track only to head for the pits and retirement.

RealTime Racing driver and championship leader Ryan Eversley made a dreadful start and dropped to eighth position. The Honda driver made ground throughout the race, climbing to finish third.

But a late safety car session to recover a car from another class saw Audi driver Matt Fassnacht putting hard pressure on Eversley in the final couple of laps. The Honda driver was able to stay ahead with seven tenths of a second separating the two over the finishing line.

Michael Hurczyn finished fifth for FCP Euro by HRD while Jarett Andretti rounded off the top six for Copeland Motorsports.

Eversley is still in the lead of the championship but has had his lead reduced to just three points to Lewis and 21 points to Wilkins in third.

The World Challenge resumes with the season finale on September 1-2 at Watkins Glen.