Much like the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams also had to deal with quirky weather conditions on Friday at Mid-Ohio. Before the rains came, Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s Damien Faulkner topped the charts.
Practice No. 1
Faulkner’s best time in the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT4 was 88.762 seconds (91.580 mph). That time was one-tenth of a second faster than KohR Motorsports’ Nate Stacy in a Ford Mustang GT4. Trent Hindman, who is coming off of a GTS SprintX win last weekend at VIR with teammate Alan Brynjolfsson, was third quickest. Murillo Racing’s Eric Foss was fourth quickest, while Stephen Cameron Racing’s Greg Liefooghe was fifth.
TCR saw Compass Racing’s Kuno Wittmer top the chart with a lap of 89.903 seconds (90.417 mph). The lap was good enough for 19th overall, just 1.141 seconds off of Faulkner. Wittmer’s lap was three-sevenths of a second faster than JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson in their first race weekend of the season. Britt Casey Jr. was third quickest in the Trumpf-sponsored No. 77 Audi, while Pierre Kleinubing was fourth quickest in the No. 75 Audi.
Street Tuner saw MINI JCW Team’s Mat Pombo top the class with a lap of 95.690 seconds (84.949 mph), good for 31st overall. Mat’s lap was six-tenths of a second faster than his brother Mark in the No. 52 MINI. Bodymotion Racing’s Jason Rabe was another tenth of a second back in third.
Practice No. 2
In the afternoon, the rains came to Mid-Ohio. As a result, most portof the teams stayed in the paddock. Only 17 of the 36 cars on-site set times during the session.
Of those 17, Rennsport One’s No. 28 Porsche for co-points leader Spencer Pumpelly was fastest with a lap of 92.846 seconds (87.551 mph). The lap was six-tenths of a second faster than Faulkner and a second and a quarter faster than BGB Motorsports’ Dylan Murry in third. Motorsports In Action’s Jesse Lazare was fourth fastest, while Classic BMW/Fast Track Racing’s Toby Grahovec was fifth.
Wittmer was once again fastest in TCR with a lap of 96.072 seconds (84.612 mph), good enough for seventh overall. The lap was eight-tenths of a second faster than Casey. Simpson was third fastest, followed by eEuroparts.com Racing’s Lee Carpentier. The only Street Tuner team to set a time was BimmerWorld Racing’s No. 81 BMW. Devin Jones set a time good enough for 15th overall.
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams have a brief 15 minute practice session at 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning immediately preceding qualifying. The Mid-Ohio 120 is scheduled for a 2:20 p.m. EDT start. It will be streamed on IMSA.com, FansChoice.tv and on the IMSA app.
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