Camaro GT4 Gets First Win in Canada

On a sleepy Saturday afternoon at the infamous snaking ribbon of patchwork tarmac still colloquially called Mosport, a Scotsman and cool Californian gave the Camaro its first win under global GT4 regulations.

The No.57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT4.R driven by Robin Liddell and Matt Bell triumphed over McLarens, Mustangs, and Porsches in only its third Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race since making its debut in Pirelli World Challenge earlier this year.

Bell started the race from midpack before slowly working his way through the field but still significantly trailing the pair of McLarens that had scampered away early on. Just after the driver swaps, Liddell took the lead from the No.69 Motorsport In Action McLaren 570S GT4 shared by Chris Green and Jesse Lazare on the restart following the race’s only full-course caution caused by an ST class Mini eating the tire wall.

Speaking with Liddell after the race you could tell he was genuinely thrilled. His team had told him to simply save fuel and hope that the marginal McLaren would need to make another fuel stop, as the Camaro wasn’t fast enough to get into a knife fight. Liddell evidently didn’t care, diving to the inside at Turn 3 after getting a monster run down the hill at Turn 2.

“Under caution, the team told me we had nothing for them and wanted me to try and save as much gas as possible. But when we went green I just said fuck it and went for it” the grinning Scot told GMI in a casual chat outside the Stevenson hauler post race.

But the team knows it was a serendipitous win after the No.69 was handed a drive-through penalty for speeding under caution after IMSA once again hilariously picked up the wrong car as the leader.

Stevenson also knows 2017 will continue to be a development year with the new Camaro, before, hopefully, a full blown championship assault next season.