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Peter Kox, Mark Wilkins give Acura NSX GT3 first Pirelli World Problem GT win

Peter Kox, Mark Wilkins give Acura NSX GT3 first Pirelli World Problem GT win

The Acura NSX GT3 staff of Peter Kox of the Netherlands and Mark Wilkins of Toronto held off the problem of the Ferrari of Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro of Italy to attain the primary win for the brand new Acura sports activities automobile within the Pirelli World Problem SprintX 60-minute race Saturday at Utah Motorsports Campus within the Safety Nationwide Mortgage Supercar Grand Prix of Utah.

Driving the No. 93 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3, Kox and Wilkins’ was the sixth totally different staff and producer to win within the first six SprintX races of the 2017 PWC marketing campaign. Spherical four at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was rained out and can be made up on the Circuit of the America on Sept. 1.

The Acura victory was the primary in PWC competitors with the brand new NSX GT3 mannequin, which debuted this 12 months within the season opener at St. Petersburg. It was the primary win for Acura in PWC since Ryan Eversley took the No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX to victory final 12 months at Highway America.

Kox, the veteran racer who developed the brand new Acura NSX GT3 final 12 months, began from the pole place Saturday and fought off Mancinelli’s challenges within the first half of the competition earlier than turning the Acura over to Wilkins, a former GTS winner at Utah. Wilkins and Schiro placed on a sensational battle, with the younger Italian making an attempt to seize the lead numerous instances late within the race across the three.zero48-mile, 14-turn everlasting circuit.

Nevertheless, Wilkins was in a position to maintain off Schiro by zero.228 seconds on the checkered flag within the closest SprintX race of the season. Spherical eight will happen Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MDT at Utah Motorsports Campus.

“It is good to get this win for Acura,” mentioned Kox. “I feel it is vital to notice that the competitors has been on the market longer than this Acura and that we’re catching up so rapidly. So, thanks goes out to RealTime Acura and to HPD to offer us the chance to drive this automobile. On this race, I had to focus on the beginning as a result of that is the primary time that I’ve performed it with the flag from the pole. I feel I simply timed it effectively. I knew it was essential to get into the primary nook first after which I had the posh of the race line by means of the primary part. It is very rewarding to be chosen to this system, after which to be concerned within the growth was an honor. Then, to even race the automobile this 12 months with RealTime was actually a novel alternative. Lastly, to get to take the trophy house is nice.”

“I’ve a love-hate relationship with this monitor,” mentioned Wilkins. “Peter and RealTime Racing have performed an important job with this automobile all weekend. All through the season we have simply been creating it. We’re plugging away at it, one race at a time. It helped that we had the best monitor place. I used to be a bit bit nervous hopping in there with the stress to stick with it entrance. I simply centered ahead and I had an important automobile to try this. So, because of RealTime for that and we’ll simply attempt to stick with it tomorrow. It is an important win for the Acura NSX and the staff and I actually get pleasure from working with these guys.”

Within the Professional/Am class, the duo of Michael Schein of Glen Cove, N.Y., and Jan Heylen of Tampa, Fla., scored their fourth SprintX win of the 12 months. Picture by Pirelli World Problem

Third Saturday within the Professional/Professional division went to present General GT level chief Patrick Lengthy of Manhattan Seashore, California, and veteran Jorg Bergmeister of Germany within the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, adopted by Ricky Taylor of Apopka, Florida, and four-time GT champion Johnny O’Connell of Flowery Department, Georgia, within the No. three Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R. Rounding out the highest 5 Saturday at Utah have been Eversley of Atlanta and Tom Dyer of Corte Madera, California, within the No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3.

Within the Professional/Am class, the duo of Michael Schein of Glen Cove, New York, and Jan Heylen of Tampa, Florida, scored their fourth SprintX win of the 12 months within the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 over GTA level chief James Sofronas of Villa Park, California, and Mathieu Jaminet of France within the No. 14 GMG Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. Finishing the rostrum in Professional/Am was the native staff of John Potter of Salt Lake Metropolis and Marco Seefried of Austria within the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi RS8 LMS.

“I am joyful to be main the championship and prolong the factors at present,” mentioned Schein. “That was our purpose. We knew that the Nissan was fairly a bit forward of us, so we needed to remain forward of the GMG automobile. Jan drove nice and Wright Motorsports gave us an important automobile to work with, one of the best it has been to this point this weekend. We’ll attempt to do it once more tomorrow.”

“I wasn’t pleased with the setup yesterday however the staff did an important job and the automobile was lots higher at present,” mentioned Heylen. “The monitor could be very totally different from many of the locations we go to, so it is a bit of a problem to arrange the automobile. However I am actually pleased with the progress we comprised of yesterday and the day earlier than. We did not assume that we’d be sitting up right here so it was a pleasant job and staff effort from the staff. What I actually like in regards to the sequence is that you simply’re at all times on — there’s by no means only a time the place you are simply cruising round. It is actually enjoyable, as it is a bit of a swap from doing the lengthy endurance races.”

Different class winners within the SprintX division Saturday at Utah Motorsports Campus have been Henrique Cisneros and Jonathon Ziegelman within the No. 30 MOMO/NGT Motorsports Ferrari 458 GT3 in Am/Am; Andy Lee and Erich Joiner within the No. 95 Software Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in GT Cup Professional/Am; Joe Toussaint and Cory Friedman within the No. 90 Autometrics Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in GT Cup Am/Am; Adam Merzon and Trent Hindman within the No. zero17 Case-It Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in GTS Professional/Am; and Jason Hart and Matt Travis within the No. 47 NOLAsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.

Sunday’s Spherical eight SprintX occasion is ready for 12:30 p.m. MDT at Utah Motorsports Campus.

Peter Kox

Sunday’s Spherical eight SprintX occasion is ready for 12:30 p.m. MDT at Utah Motorsports Campus. Picture by Pirelli World Problem

Saturday’s race outcomes for the Pirelli World Problem SprintX Spherical 7 at Utah Motorsports Campus on August 12, 2017.

Pos,PIC,Class,Drivers TeamName, ,Automobile,Laps,Standing,Race Time,Hole

1,1, Professional/Professional,Kox/Wilkins, RealTime Racing,,Acura NSX GT3,32,Operating,1:00:22.267,

2,2, Professional/Professional,Mancinelli/Schiro, TR3 Racing,,Ferrari 488 GT3,32,Operating,1:00:22.495,zero.228

three,three, Professional/Professional,Lengthy/Bergmeister, Wright Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,32,Operating,1:00:37.519,15.251

four,four, Professional/Professional,R. Taylor/O’Connell, Cadillac Racing,,Cadillac ATS-V.R,32,Operating,1:00:45.487,23.219

5,5, Professional/Professional,Eversley/Dyer, RealTime Racing,,Acura NSX GT3,32,Operating,1:00:48.937,26.670

6,6, Professional/Professional,Parente/Barnicoat, Okay-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,32,Operating,1:00:59.916,37.649

7,7, Professional/Professional,Fong/Abril, Absolute Racing,,Bentley Continental GT3,32,Operating,1:01:00.620,38.352

eight,eight, Professional/Professional,Cooper/ J. Taylor, Cadillac Racing,,Cadillac ATS-V.R,32,Operating,1:01:01.771,39.503

9,9, Professional/Professional,Dalziel/Morad, CRP Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,32,Operating,1:01:02.410,40.142

10,10, Professional/Professional,Sellers/Lewis, Okay-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,32,Operating,1:01:06.639,44.372

11,1, Professional/Am,Schein/Heylen, Wright Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,32,Operating,1:01:32.502,1:10.234

12,2, Professional/Am,Sofronas/Jaminet, GMG Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,32,Operating,1:01:33.626,1:11.358

13,three, Professional/Am,Potter/Seefried, Magnus Racing,,Audi RS eight LMS,32,Operating,1:01:52.443,1:30.175

14,four, Professional/Am,Kim/Stevens, Absolute Racing,,Bentley Continental GT3,32,Operating,1:01:56.554,1:34.286

15,5, Professional/Am,Calvert/Udell, Calvert Dynamics,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,32,Operating,1:01:56.782,1:34.515

16,6, Professional/Am,Pappas/Bleekemolen, Black Swan Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,32,Operating,1:02:04.631,1:42.364

17,7, Professional/Am,Askew/Povoledo, DXDT Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,32,Operating,1:02:07.497,1:45.230

18,1, Am/Am,Ziegelman/Cisneros, MOMO/NGT Motorsports,,Ferrari 458 GT3,31,Operating,1:01:11.208,

19,11, Professional/Professional,Henzler/Fogarty, Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,31,Operating,1:01:17.951,

20,2, Am/Am,Wilson/Regitz, R. Ferri Motorsports,,Ferrari 458 GT3,31,Operating,1:01:42.167,1 LAP

21,eight, Professional/Am,Montecalvo/Sanchez, All the time Evolving/AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3,,Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3,31,Operating,1:01:55.zero14,1 LAP

22,1, Professional/Am,Joiner/Lee, Software Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,30,Operating,1:00:50.597,2 LAPS

23,three, Am/Am,Dayson/Bell, M1GT Racing,,Audi R8 LMS Extremely,30,Operating,1:00:51.678,2 LAPS

24,1, Am/Am,Toussaint/Friedman, Autometrics Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,30,Operating,1:01:16.138,2 LAPS

25,2, Professional/Am,Harata/Bressan, Dream Racing Motorsport,,Lamborghini Huracan Tremendous Trofeo,30,Operating,1:01:17.356,2 LAPS

26,three, Professional/Am,Burton/Davis, DXDT Racing,,Lamborghini LP620-2,30,Operating,1:01:19.389,2 LAPS

27,1, Am/Am,Travis/Hart, NOLAsport,,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,29,Operating,1:01:23.893,three LAPS

28,2, Am/Am,Alexandridis/DeBoer, TRG-AMR,,Aston Martin Vantage GT4,29,Operating,1:01:52.762,three LAPS

29,1, Professional/Am,Merzon/Hindman, Case-it Racing,,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,29,Operating,1:01:52.803,three LAPS

30,three, Am/Am,Balogh/Liefooghe, Stephen Cameron Racing,,BMW M3 E46,16,Not Operating,37:31.560,16 LAPS

31,12, Professional/Professional,Pumpelly/Kaffer, Magnus Racing,,Audi RS eight LMS,5,Not Operating,10:05.238,27 LAPS

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