Saturday's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park will be remembered for a long time as one of the wildest races in recent memory. In a race filled with long caution periods and multiple incidents, APR Motorsport's six-car team didn't escape the carnage but still banked solid points for its ST-class Volkswagens.
When seventy-five CTSCC cars took the green flag, a huge crash began in turn one which ultimately claimed the no. 41 APR Audi S4. Started by Nelson Canache, the Audi was hardly into turn one when it was hit hard from the left side, damaging the car's intercooler piping.
With the bulk of the first hour run under caution, the team's starting drivers enjoyed very little green flag driving before the team opted to pit once the minimum drive requirement was fulfilled. With most of its cars going off-strategy to the leaders, hoping to gain an advantage on track position, all five of its VW's ran together in the middle of the field through the middle of the race, with the no. 161 VW GTI of Josh Hurley - which was qualified sixth by Nate Norenberg - leading the group.
All the cars were ultimately frustrated by a series of ill-timed full course caution periods, but Hurley and Aleks Altberg, in the no. 171 APR VW GTI, were able to move forward in the closing stages as dark skies crept in and rain began to fall on the circuit. With Hurley up to 12th and Altberg battling to 13th, a decent finish was in the cards until the final corner of the last lap when Altberg and a competitor made contact, sending Altberg into a heavy crash and crippling his VW.
"We had a miscue during our pitstop," said Hurley. "Unfortunately, our seat adjuster broke and I wasn't able to get comfortable in the car during my stint. The car wasn't very good on new tires, but on old tires it was very good. We were just stuck with bad track position during the entire race with the way the yellows fell. We should have been in the top-5, but at least we left with some points."
Despite a heavy impact, Altberg stepped out of his APR VW GTI with no injuries.
"I made some rookie mistakes," said Altberg. "I was definitely overdriving towards the end of the race since we had been stuck in the back the whole