Tony Colicchio held off a hard-charging Tristan Littlehale to take the ST3 win and Championship, leading an all-TC Design team podium sweep.

Tony Colicchio held off tough pressure in his TC Design 1996 BMW M3 from Tristan Littlehale to win by 0.627 seconds at the 2016 NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway and took the win for Super Touring 3. All 10 Super Touring 3 cars managed not only to finish, but finish on the lead lap, attributable to the quality and close racing of the class.

“It was awesome,” Colicchio said. “Little mix-up with that long yellow in there… I pulled a gap from Tristan, who was in second place of ST3, and I had to build it back up toward the end. With all the wind, the track is pretty dusty. I didn’t quite know with cold tires how much grip was going to be on the track with all the dust on it. There definitely wasn’t very much. I took it a bit tentatively and just kept the gap behind me to him the same and took the overall win.”

“It was great,” said Littlehale. “It was unfortunate how we had a double-yellow for an incident on track and we couldn’t have an entire race. Tony and I have been wanting to have an entire race with each other for a long time, but the TC Design guys came out and prepped both cars and you can see it from the results: one, two, three”

Tristan Littlehale finished just .627 seconds behind Tony Colicchio to take second in ST3.
Tristan Littlehale finished just .627 seconds behind Tony Colicchio to take second in ST3.

The three TC Design BMW M3s managed to sweep the podium of ST3 in dominant fashion.

Sean Wheeler brought home third place in a podium sweep for team TC Design.
Sean Wheeler brought home third place in a podium sweep for team TC Design.
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