Super Stevan is the Gran master
Racer seals title with 88-year-old Fay cheering him on
Rutherglen motoring race ace Stevan McAleer has scooped the biggest win of his career — and he had his granny there to watch him do it.
Thirty- one- year- old Stevan and CJ Wilson racing partner, Chad McCumbee, overcame difficult driving conditions to win the 2015 IMSA Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge.
After taking the slenderest of leads into the last race at an extremely wet Road Atlanta, Stevan and Chad knew they were under pressure to get the result but, in the end, an eighth-placed finished proved enough to take the title by 21 points.
The victory will more than make up for last year when mechanical problems in the final half of the season ruined his chances after a fantastic start.
Stevan’s mum, dad and four brothers were in the stands cheering him, along with his 88-year-old gran, Fay, who had made the trip over the Atlantic to see him in action.
Speaking from his home in America ,delighted Stevan told the Reformer: “Just because of the distance and cost of tickets, they can’t come too much of the racing, so this makes up for the past three years.
“They couldn’t have come at a better time.
“The last race was tough but we knew where we stood in points, so it was survival more than anything else.
“I came on the radio and asked after we crossed the line in eighth, ‘hey, so is that enough?’
“Andris, my team owner of CJ Wilson racing said:’ Yeah buddy it is, we did it’. I screamed and shouted the entire way back to pit lane.”
Stevan, who also runs his own team alongside Chad, added: “We couldn’t have done this without ModSpace Motorsports, Mazda, CJ Wilson Racing, Premier Building Systems and, of course, the entire CJ Wilson Racing Team.”
Stevan and Chad ended the season with 264 points from the 10 races.
That included two wins, at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock
To celebrate his stunning track success, former Stonelaw High pupil Stevan joined 17 other CJ Wilson team members at the end-of-season banquet.
But his thoughts will soon turn to next season, and he admits he still isn’t clear on what he’ll be doing.
He said: “Plans wise, I am still unsure.
“I think at the very least, we will run ST class again and Mx5 Cup program with ModSpace.
“I do think there is some other stuff in the works.”
And when asked if winning the championship this year was his greatest achievement, Stevan replied: “Yes, this is my biggest moment, for sure.”
Champion Stevan McAleer