RS1’s #28 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR of Spencer Pumpelly and defending GS class title winner Dillon Machavern ran fastest in last weekend’s CTSC Roar Before The 24 Test. The team’s best time was a 1:55.247 in the second of the six sessions, which proved to be 0.229 faster than the rest of the pack.
The top three in the GS class was completed by two Ford Mustang GT4s, with the Roush/Kohr entry of Jack Roush Jnr and Kyle Marcelli ending up second with a time of 1:55.476, set by Marcelli. The VOLT Racing Ford completed the top three, after a 1:55.556 by Trent Hindman.
Behind, the #39 Carbahn Motorsports Audi R8 ended up fourth, with the DXDT Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 fifth, both seven tenths off the best time.
In the combined rankings, it was tight amongst the front runners in the 26-car strong class, with the top 10 cars in the class within a second of one another.
Outside of the GS class teams and drivers, all eyes were on the new-for-2018 TCR class, which featured seven cars on the Roar entry. Unfortunately, the weekend’s running was disrupted by a heavy accident involving Michael Johnson in the #54 JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS, which resulted in Johnson being taken to hospital.
On Monday, IMSA released this statement on his condition, confirming that thankfully, there are positive signs for Johnson:
“UPDATE: Michael Johnson driver of the #54 JDC-Miller Motorsports TCR car was involved in a crash at DIS Saturday. He suffered a broken right tibia and fibula and was transported to Florida Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery. He is awake, alert and in good spirits.”
In terms of the times, Compass Racing’s #74 and #75 Audi RS3 LMS TCR’s topped the times respectively, with both cars lapping within two hundredths of each other.
The best lap of the two was set by Rodrigo Sales in the #74, a 2:00.116. Best of the rest was the Murillo Racing Audi in third, Justin Piscitell setting the car’s best time.
The fastest non-Audi ended up sixth in the combined running order. Rumcastle’s Volkswagen Gold GTI TCR of Jon Miller managed a 2:02.041.
In the Street Tuner category, it was the MINI JCW Team who topped the times, Mat Pombo in the #27 machine putting the team atop the combined times with a 2:05.367. Second was the #81 BimmerWorld Racing BMW, with the #73 JCW Mini – driven by Mark Pombo – third.
The opening round of the 2018 CTSC season is a four-hour encounter at Daytona on the weekend of the Rolex 24 Hours, on Friday January 26th.
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