Hello once more from VIRginia International Raceway, where yesterday’s brutal heat seems to have subsided, as have the late afternoon storms and showers that have washed most of the rubber off the race track.
Getting right into it – here’s some paddock notes going into the Qualifying sessions…
During GT World Challenge America Practice 2, Samantha Tan in the #38 ST Racing BMW M4 GT3 made contact with the #12 Ian Lacy Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 of Drew Staveley in the pit lane.
For that infraction, Tan will be held in the pits for the first ten minutes of Qualifying Session 1, giving her just five minutes to set a lap for today’s race.
Turner Motorsport’s #96 BMW M4 GT3 is good to run today after a minor incident in Practice, while trying to attempt qualifying simulations.
RealTime Racing have their #43 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 good to go after an electrical issue suffered at the onset of Practice 2. Driver Michael Cooper said that the issue was minor, a connector issue rather than a total electrical systems failure. Cooper and Erin Vogel will be good to qualify and race today.
Meanwhile, Zelus Motorsports’ entire fleet has had to overcome mechanical challenges within the last 24 hours.
First, their #91 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 driven by Jeff Burton and Corey Lewis had to replace the clutch after recurring issues in practice (the #191 Lamborghini, which Burton drives in GT America, was not affected).
Their #88 Lamborghini Huracan ‘Bullnicorn’ driven by Jason Harward and Madison Snow, underwent a gearbox change after missing the first Practice session in GT World Challenge America. Harward has put this car second on the grid for the GT America race later today.
And their #888 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 of Sean Whalen and Matt Guiver, had a brake issue that has been fixed overnight.
TRG (The Racers’ Group) have made a driver change for their #17 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport RS. Todd Hetherington has been withdrawn under force majeure, and he will be replaced by Robert Orcutt for the remainder of the weekend.
RENNtech Motorsports’ #79 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Chris Gumprecht and Kyle Marcelli will take part this weekend after replacing the steering rack yesterday. Gumprecht, who is the solitary driver for their GT America campaign, qualified third in class.
Here’s where to watch all of the weekends’ action:
GT World Challenge America – Qualifying
GT America – Race 1
GT World Challenge America – Race 1
GT4 America – Race 1