KohR Aston sweeps Pilot Problem weekend
Aston Martin grew to become the primary producer to win two IMSA Michelin Pilot Problem Grand Sport (GS) class races within the 2020 season as Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy drove the No. 60 KohR Motorsports Vantage GT4 to an unchallenged victory Sunday, finishing a weekend sweep of the Mid-Ohio 120 doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automotive Course.
Stacy was working third behind a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT GT4s with 26 minutes remaining within the two-hour occasion when the No. 57 Winward Racing entry pushed by Alec Udell made contact with race chief Dylan Murry’s No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes at Flip 4. Murry spun off, whereas Stacy rapidly closed on Udell and handed him for the lead a lap later. Udell was later assessed a drive-through penalty for incident duty and completed sixth.
Stacy, in the meantime, pulled away over the ultimate 15 laps to win by 6.473 seconds over Murry and Jim Cox, with Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal teaming for third place within the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 GT4.
The Aston Martin workforce claimed its second general and GS class victory in a span of lower than 24 hours regardless of being pressured to make an sudden further additional driver change, as Stacy was required to fulfill IMSA’s minimal drive-time.
“Thankfully, we had one other gas cease to make, so we referred to as an audible and made one other driver change,” Marcelli mentioned. “We had a pair little errors yesterday, so we knew we needed to execute higher at present.”
“This weekend was big for us,” Stacy added. “We actually felt centered for this weekend and received the automotive dialed in rather well. To be in two victory lanes again to again is superior.”
Marcelli and Stacy accomplished 77 laps of the two.258-mile Mid-Ohio street course in Lexington, Ohio, because the Pilot Problem wrapped up the weekend. The duo now leads the GS championship standings by seven factors over McQuarrie and Westphal.
The Touring Automotive (TCR) class was dominated a lot of the race by the No. 77 LA Honda World Honda Civic TCR piloted by Taylor Hagler and Ryan Eversley. However the entry retired with a mechanical subject with 20 minutes remaining, ceding victory to Gavin Ernstone and Jon Morley within the No. 61 Street Shagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
When Ernstone handed the automotive off to Morley, the Audi pairing dedicated to an aggressive fuel-saving technique that Morley executed to perfection without having to make a second cease. He crossed the road 1.557 seconds forward of Gabby Chaves, who shared the No. 33 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Hyundai Veloster N TCR with Ryan Norman. Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson took third place within the No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
“I had a reasonably depressing stint and received hit rather a lot,” reported Ernstone, who received for the second time in 2020 so as to add to his workforce’s victory within the 2020 season opener at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. “Our pit crew is robust each race, and that’s what it got here all the way down to. We ran some numbers and Jon did a improbable job of gas saving.”
“We dedicated to full fuel-saving mode, and I’m so grateful it labored out,” added Morley. “On the finish, I attempted to go simply quick sufficient to depart somewhat buffer and go quick for a pair corners if I wanted to.”
The following spherical for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Problem is in the course of the Motul Petit Le Mans occasion weekend at Michelin Raceway Street Atlanta, Oct. 15-17.