Scott Dollahite, Austin resident and Chief Instructor at ‘Driveway Austin’, a Texas driver training and development facility, crossed the line to win Round 15 of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS category in the #46 SDSR Motorsports Lotus Evora on his 2017 Pirelli World Challenge debut. However a technical infringement discovered in post-race inspection meant that Dollahite was provisionally disqualified.
Dollahite’s provisional disqualification promoted Ian James to the victory. James was second across the line, and 3.15 seconds behind Dollahite, in the #50 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT. Parker Chase, driving the #19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55, took the final overall podium spot and pushed James hard at the finish, briefly snatching second position before falling back to finish just .115 seconds behind the British driver. Chase was promoted to a provisional second place.
Fourth at the chequered flag, and promoted to a provisional final podium place, was Rodrigo Baptista in the #3 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
The winner in GTSA class was George Kurtz in the #04 GMG Racing McLaren 570S GT4, his seventh class victory of the season. Kurtz’s closest competitor was in the GTSA class was Tony Gaples, piloting the #11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4 who finished nearly 32 seconds behind the Arizona-based driver. Third in the GTSA category was Carter Yeung, driving the #7 GMG Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.
Shortly before the start of the 50-minute race, Harry Gottsacker in the #69 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55, who had qualified alongside Ian James on the front row, and Parker Chase in the sister #19 car who had qualified in fifth, were demoted to the back of the grid for a weight infringement discovered at post-qualifying scrutineering. Gottsacker’s absence on the front row meant that there was a scramble for the lead in the opening minutes
Also making his championship debut, Dakota Dickerson in the #25 ANSA Motorsports KTM XBow GT4 took the lead ahead of Ian James in the #50 car and maintained a gap of over a second for the opening 25 minutes.
Dollahite, who had qualified in ninth place, made his way through the pack and passed Ian James for second position with 25 minutes left to race. Dollahite then quickly caught and passed Dickerson, with James also taking advantage to move into second place. Parker Chase continued to pressure James for second and almost had the position before handing it back to James and settling for third.
Dakota Dickerson, who had promised so much in the first half of the race, slowed on track during the closing minutes to eventually finish eighth in the GTSA class.
Third place finisher, but promoted to a provisional second place, Parker Chase was pleased at how his race had unfolded.
“I knew it was going to be difficult but I told myself I wasn’t going to finish badly,” said Chase. “I knew I wanted to get something in the top ten. From the start I got to eleventh on the first lap and that’s when I knew it was going to be a good race.”
“I just kept picking them off one by one. On the last lap I was pushing to catch the Panoz and I got by him but messed up in Turn 20. It was a fun race and I enjoyed it. Hopefully we don’t have to start from the back like that again.”
Lawson Aschenbach, driver of the #10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4 and leader in the GTS drivers championship by 70 points going into the weekend, fought hard in the early stages of the race, getting up to fourth in the first ten minutes, but had to settle for sixth at the finish. The Floridian driver, however, still retains a healthy lead in the standings.