Lewis & Wilkins Go 1-2 in Pirelli World Challenge Practice Friday in TCR Action during Utah Motorsports Campus

Posted on 15. Sep, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

08/10/2018, Grantsville, Utah

Hyundai i30 N TCR cars hurl off a trailer with good setup during PWC Grand Prix of Utah

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (August 10, 2018) – A racing motorist always wants their competition automobile to hurl off a trailer and feel good in a initial use runs. That was a case Friday for Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins in TCR movement in a Pirelli World Challenge opening day during a Utah Motorsports Campus.

Both of a Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR racers had a good feeling during a 3.048-mile, 14-turn highway march southwest of Salt Lake City after a initial few laps in the Friday morning use round.

“You are always a small shaken going into a initial use eventuality during any track,” pronounced Lewis, a California motorist in a No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR car. “You are not unequivocally certain what we have to work with in a initial lane surface. But we consider Mark and we both could tell flattering discerning that a Hyundai i30 N machines were good. We have to appreciate a operative John Ward for environment adult clever cars this morning. The organisation has worked tough to get a cars prepared given final month during Portland.”

Lewis, now second in a TCR indicate standings, incited in an considerable path of one minute, 59.352 seconds for a speed of 91.93 miles per hour in a TCR category entrance during a discerning Utah racing plant. That discerning path time gave Lewis a No. 1 position for Friday practice, as subordinate and a Round 9 40-minute scurry competition is scheduled for Saturday.

Wilkins, a three-time 2018 competition leader in a No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR machine, available a second quickest TCR path of a day Friday with a 1:59.413 for a 91.88 m.p.h., usually a parasite behind his teammate. The maestro Canadian motorist is no foreigner to a Utah circuit, carrying scored Pirelli World Challenge underline win in GTS (2015) and GT SprintX (2017).

“Both Michael and we have won races here in a past and a knowledge helps entrance into a PWC weekend,” pronounced Wilkins. “We have worked together all year with a organisation and John (Ward) on a correct setups during a several tracks. We felt we had a good start for a morning use and a formula valid that out. In a afternoon, a feverishness was unequivocally up, right during a 100 degrees. So, we schooled how a lane aspect can change. It helped us get prepared for Saturday and Sunday’s races.”

In the Friday runs, Lewis and Wilkins were second and third, respectively, in a TCR practice, trailing usually immature Mason Filippi.

The equally-prepared Hyundai i30 N TCR cars will now be prepped for Saturday’s subordinate at 9:45 am. MDT as good as Round 9 40-minute scurry competition (a rolling start) will start at 2:30 p.m. MDT.

Sunday’s Round 10 eventuality (a station start) will start at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

All TCR races during Utah Motorsports Campus will have live streaming on www.world-challenge.com and a World Challenge channel on YouTube.


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About Pirelli World Challenge (PWC): The Pirelli World Challenge is a North American auto racing series launched in 1990 by the Sports Car Club of America. It has been managed by WC Vision given 2008, and authorised by the United States Auto Club since 2017. The array consists of 7 motorist classifications and several classes of vehicles, including: Grand Touring, GT Cup, GTS, TCR, TC and TCA. The array frequently races alongside the IndyCar Series on competition eventuality weekends.  Each Pirelli World Challenge Touring TCR deteriorate consists of 6 eventuality weekends with doubleheader races for a sum of 12 rounds. Each weekend has one station start as good as one rounding start. Each TCR competition has a extent 40-minute time limit.

About Bryan Herta Autosport
Co-Founded by Bryan Herta in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single-car Indy Lights group into a world-renowned auto-racing franchise. The group done a initial incursion into IndyCar movement in 2010 with an entrance in a Indianapolis 500 while stability to run a full-time multi-car Indy Lights program. The 2011 Indianapolis 500 was a final competition of a Centennial Era, a jubilee of 100 years of racing during a Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Also famous as “The Most Important Race in History,” a 100th anniversary of a initial 1911 competition was a second IndyCar competition in that Herta Racing competed.

Five years later, Bryan Herta Autosport, while partnered with Andretti Autosport, defied a contingency again and won their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie motorist Alexander Rossi. In 2015, Bryan Herta Rallysport done a entrance in a sparkling Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.

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