Mark Wilkins, Michael Lewis Record 2nd & 3rd Friday during PIR; BHA Hyundai Pair Set for PWC TCR Doubleheader

Posted on 03. Aug, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

07/13/2018, Portland, OR

Both Hyundai drivers demeanour for another PWC TCR Series feat in Saturday/Sunday Sprint Races


PORTLAND, Ore. (July 13, 2018)
 – In their initial Portland International Raceway coming in a Pirelli World Challenge highway racing series, Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis gathering a Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR competition cars to second and third Friday in subordinate for Saturday’s 40-minute Pirelli World Challenge TCR category event.

Wilkins, a renouned Canadian racer who has won dual 2018 TCR races, prisoner a front quarrel starting position for a Round 7 TCR eventuality with his No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR hatchback sedan with a time of one minute, 18.636 seconds and an normal speed of 90.18 miles per hour. Wilkins now binds down a second mark in a TCR motorist indicate standings, while Hyundai is a indicate personality in a TCR Manufacturers’ points.

Lewis, who began his sports automobile racing career during PIR behind in 2009, available a best path of 1:18.736 during 90.07 m.p.h. in his No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR machine. The Laguna Beach, Calif., college tyro also has dual TCR underline wins to his credit this year and ranks third in a TCR Drivers’ standings.

Only maestro Ryan Eversley’s TCR automobile bettered Wilkins and Lewis in Friday’s qualifying action.

“Ryan set a bar unequivocally high progressing in a subordinate event and Michael and we unequivocally took a shots during winning a stick today,” pronounced Wilkins. “We worked tough on a Hyundai cars this morning as we knew Ryan and a Honda would be quick. The Hyundai appurtenance has been so clever in a initial half of a year and we knew several teams would urge and aim during us. We took a subordinate plan a small differently today. Normally, we like to go out fast set a good lap. But we worked on a automobile a small and afterwards set a discerning path late in a session. we didn’t get disheartened with a early tools of my runs. Then a automobile felt good, though we didn’t have adequate for Ryan. We’ll demeanour during a subordinate information and set a automobile for a 40-minute sprint. we like a automobile for a race, and a competition will be a prohibited one in a afternoon. So, we are prepared to go.”

Lewis comes to Portland after a TCR feat during Lime Rock Park many recently and could be a motorist to dissapoint a front quarrel of Eversley and Wilkins.

“I went out and laid down a best path we could in qualifying,” pronounced Lewis. “I consider we could have spotless adult a path a small better, though it felt strong. Obviously, I’d like to be on a front quarrel like Ryan and Mark. we was second for many of a session, though Mark only nipped me during a end. Mark and we were pulling any other and I’m certain that will occur in a competition too. Our group prepares good cars for us. P1 was only a small outward a times, though we consider a competition automobile settings are good for this track. The PIR lane is unequivocally bustling for a driver, identical to a karting track.”

The Pirelli World Challenge TCR race on Saturday at Portland International Raceway is set for 2:25 p.m. Pacific, with Sunday’s 40-minute competition starting at 10:40 a.m. Pacific. Saturday’s TCR competition will underline a rolling start, while a station start will prominence the Sunday contest.

Both of a Pirelli World Challenge TCR races can be noticed live on www.world-challenge.com.

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