Baldwin Wins at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in GTS Round 8. Rezzetano, Cooper Finish Second and Th
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Baldwin Wins at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in GTS Round 8. Rezzetano

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga. used as he said the best start of his entire career to take the lead and ultimately the victory in the flag-to-flag green GTS Round 8 race, part of the Remo Ferri Group Canadian Grand Prix presented by Replay XD event, held at the 10-turn 2.459 mile Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Kurt Rezzetano, of Phoenixville, Pa., finished second with Michael Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y. in third.

On the standing start, Baldwin in the No. 73 GTSport RESET-MD Porsche Cayman was able to make a brilliant move between pole sitter Max Riddle, of Vancouver, B.C. in the No. 07 TRG-AMR Royal Purple/Orion/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA Aston Martin Vantage GT4 and fellow front row starter Rezzetano in the No. 37 Phoenix Performance Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302. Riddle struggled on his first career standing start and was pushed back to seventh by the end of lap 1 while Rezzetano moved comfortably into second as the field behind jostled to establish the order in the top five and top 10.

Early on behind the two leaders, the No. 50 of Dean Martin, of Westland, Mich. in the Rehagen Racing Picture Cars East Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Michael Cooper in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28 moved into third and fourth while pulling away from No. 38 Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, Ont. in the Kenetic Motorsports PutOnTheBrakes.Org Kia Racing Optima in fifth. Behind the top five, Andy Lee, of Colorado Springs, Colo. was in sixth in the No. 20 BestIT Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and behind him in seventh by lap 3 was Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa, in the No. 32 Phoenix Performance Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302.

By lap 10, Aquilante went deep into turn 5A and contacted with Wilkins and was able to push his Mustang into the sixth position by the exit of turn 5B. As the green flag race continued a number of other drivers were making moves forward from their initial starting positions. Jack Roush, of Livonia, Mich. in the No. 60 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 moved into eighth past Riddle on lap 15 and then into seventh in front of Lee on lap 16. This move by Roush was occurring as Cooper made a bold move in turn 10 on Martin that he was able to finalize through turn one to take over third position. Once past, Cooper quickly eased away and looked to catch the two leaders.

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