Marcelli/Stacy Aston Martin wins Mid-Ohio Pilot Problem Race 1
Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy teamed to win Saturday’s Mid-Ohio 120, the primary of an IMSA Michelin Pilot Problem doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course. Within the course of, the drivers of the GS-class No. 60 KohR Motorsports Vantage GT4 made Aston Martin the sixth totally different producer to win in as many races this season.
Within the Touring Automobile class, Max Faulkner and James Vance led almost each lap and scored a relatively simple win for FASTMD Racing with Pace Syndicate within the No. 23 Audi RS3 LMS TCR. Taylor Hagler and Ryan Eversley completed second in school, 8.517s again within the No. 77 Honda Civic TCR fielded by LA Honda World Racing.
Working third within the GS class when racing resumed after a full-course warning with roughly 35 minutes remaining within the two-hour contest, Marcelli engaged in a livid battle for second place with incoming championship chief Jeff Westphal within the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 GT4.
After swapping the place a pair occasions, Marcelli stored the No. 60 securely in second place and set after race chief Eric Foss (No. 56 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT GT4).
Marcelli then received an incredible run out of the Carousel nook that closes a lap of the 13-turn Mid-Ohio highway course and outbraked Foss into Flip 1 with a little bit beneath quarter-hour remaining. He pulled away to win by 1.31s over Westphal.
It was the primary victory this season for Marcelli and Stacy, who had beforehand completed second on two events and gained at Mid-Ohio in 2018.
“It’s good to get the win,” Marcelli declared. “We’ve been so shut, so many occasions this yr. We knew we had a very good automotive. We’ve been placing in good stints, however we simply had easy issues go incorrect and small issues led to huge penalties and never getting on the highest step of the rostrum.
“Right now, we executed near-perfect,” he added. “We nonetheless had a hiccup within the pits that put us again to seventh and I had my work minimize out for me, nevertheless it was a number of enjoyable. It was a dogfight, a sport of chess, and each lap, I used to be fascinated by the place to position the automotive and the right way to transfer ahead. What made it tougher was that our championship rival, the Audi, was in that battle with us. The aim was all the time to be in entrance of them.”
Indy Dontje and Russell Ward completed third within the No. 4 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT GT4. Foss dropped to tenth place after requiring a cease for gas with 5 minutes left within the race.
Marcelli and Stacy took over the lead of the GS class standings after arriving at Mid-Ohio trailing Westphal and teammate Tyler McQuarrie by a single level. Aston Martin joined Mercedes-AMG, Audi, McLaren, BMW and Chevrolet as producers to win Pilot Problem races this yr.
In TCR, the victory for the No. 23 Audi ended Hyundai’s current dominance of 4 straight wins by the Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian crew.
Faulkner led the primary half of the race within the No. 23 from his third Motul Pole Award place of 2020 and handed off to Vance for the anchor stint. Just like the No. 60 in GS, the No. 23 recorded its first win of the season.
“We haven’t had the best season when it comes to luck, so it means a lot for the crew to transform this pole to a win,” Faulkner stated. “We knew we had a quick automotive and as soon as we settled right into a rhythm, I knew we had been in with a shot.”
“Max did such a stellar job, so we received the arduous work performed earlier within the week,” Vance added. “On the finish of the day, it was as much as me to do the very best I might. It was only a good race and the automotive was a pleasure to drive.”
Qualifying for the second race of the Pilot Problem doubleheader begins at 6:50 p.m. EDT Saturday. The 2-hour race begins at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, with reside streaming out there on Monitor Move on NBC Sports activities Gold.