The first round at the Virginia International Raceway was a return to form for the Acura team, but the second round provided drama and a wild finish.
The 2020 season of the GT World Challenge America has belonged to the Racer’s Edge Motorsports team with drivers Shelby Blackstock and Trent Hindman winning the first two rounds at Circuit of the Americas. The first round at the Virginia International Raceway was a return to form for the Acura team, this time with the Pro/Am pair of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey but the second round provided some extra drama and a different team on the podium. Let’s check out the wild finish and results.
Setting The Pace Early
Blackstock set the stage for the Racers Edge NSX late in qualifying early Saturday morning turning in a top time in the closing laps along with the other top five qualifiers, all within half a second of each other. The pair of DXDT Mercedes AMG GT entries suffered an off while avoiding a Ferrari that had spun on cold tires.
Pits vs Strategy, Round 1
Blackstock was able to garner a demanding lead early on in the race, holding a strong advantage going into the pit window. Maxing his time in the lead backfired with the #57 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT2 RS CS of Stu Fredrick made contact with the #31 Ferrari 488 GT3 of John Megrue who would go on to win the Am division. The resulting caution eliminated Blackstock’s advantage. When Hindman took over he finished .654 seconds behind the Pro Am Racers Edge NSX.
Pits vs Strategy, Round 2
The second round once again saw a dominant Silver division Racers Edge NSX, this time with Hindman taking the first round. During the drivers change over, however, the #93 NSX picked up a pit lane speeding penalty. On the out after serving the penalty, Blackstock hit the wrong steering wheel button, stalling the car.
Another stall, this time by Fred Poordad who was able to fire his Porsche back up just as the double yellows came out, tightened the pack up for the final push with top honors going to the DXDT Mercedes GT of George Kurtz and Colin Braun with the Racers Edge NSX of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey. The podium rounded out with the Squadra Corse Ferrari of Martin Fuentes and Rodrigo Baptista, all three Pro/Am cars with 4th place and Am honors going to the Ferrari of John Megrue and Bill Sweedler.
GT4 belonged to McLaren both days with the Black Dog Speed Shop car driven by Micheal Cooper leading Spencer Pumpelly’s Porsche Cayman. Flying Lizard’s Aston Martin of Michael Dinan took top Am honors in GT4. The GT World Challenge America’s next stop is Sonoma Raceway August 7-9th.
Source: GT World Challenge America
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