Maury Gentile thought four other cars were coming to the Western States Championships, but he ended up being the only car in GTS4, and he took home the Championship.

When you’re the only car in the class, what do you do to keep the competitive juices flowing? That was the predicament that Maury Gentile faced when his fellow GTS4 racer didn’t show up at Buttonwillow Raceway Park because of mechanical issues or conflicts.

“I talked to a few other guys that I thought were coming,” Gentile said. “Instead of four guys, it was me.”

Rather than doing 19 parade laps at Buttonwillow Raceway, Gentile looked to the other classes for some friendly competition.

“I have fun and I’m competitive with whoever is out there,” said Gentile, who races a red 1988 BMW M3. “I’m not going to get in the middle of any of the class races. Luckily there were enough cars where I got in two or three really good races with other guys in other classes.”

Gentile said he enjoyed the weekend even though he didn’t have any classmates to run against.

“I’ve been in front in big races and I’ve won and I’ve lost, so you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt,” he said. “This was fun still.”

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