Mark Wilkins Scores 2nd TCR Win in 2018 Sunday during VIR With Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai i30 N TCR Car

Posted on 21. May, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

Michael Lewis retires from Round 4 TCR eventuality after heading for 8 laps 

ALTON, Va. (April 29, 2018) – Mark Wilkins scored his second TCR feat in a 2018 Pirelli World Challenge campaign Sunday at Virginia International Raceway with his No. 99 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR automobile in a 40-minute TCR event.

Wilkins, who prisoner a Round 2 competition in COTA final month, started second in Sunday’s 21-lap TCR underline and followed his teammate Michael Lewis in a No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR for a initial 8 circuits during a 3.27-mile, 17-turn highway course.

However, stick leader Lewis’ mountain suffered front spindle repairs in a lead and had to retire from a Round 4 action. Wilkins had a automatic problem in Saturday’s Round 3 TCR eventuality with only 4 laps remaining while using second.

On Sunday, Wilkins took over a lead from Lewis and never looked behind with an considerable 7.859-second win over Honda’s Ryan Eversley and Audi’s Jerimy Daniel.

“It was a good day for Hyundai and a i30 N TCR,” pronounced Wilkins. “Michael and we hadn’t finished a whole lot of use starts in a car, so we were a small shaken to be honest. We knew a automobile from Europe would get off a line utterly good so if we could do it right from a driver’s seat, we’d be okay. We managed to have a good start, as did Ryan (Eversley) and it’s good a whole domain was on a hunt for a initial station start of a year. we adore a station starts. It’s a whole other element. It’s a tough day for Michael (Lewis). He gathering unequivocally well. But that’s racing and there’s always going to be adversity.

“I contingency appreciate Bryan Herta Autosport, and all a organisation guys given they haven’t had many nap this weekend. We had a bit of a tough weekend. We found some issues that we didn’t expect. We had a good weekend during COTA and suspicion that things went smoothly, so entrance here it seems like we had to quarrel a small some-more adversity and we had to quarrel for that. Kudos to a guys for late nights and early mornings. It takes a observant and good group to put this together and we have one.”

Wilkins extended his domain Sunday to a 13-second lead late in a competition and slowed his gait in a final few laps.

Both Wilkins and Eversley suffer competing opposite any other in a TCR category this year after being teammates final year in a GT3 cars for RealTime Racing.

“I adore using with Ryan and adore racing with him,” Mark pronounced after a competition in a TCR press conference. “The cars are a bit sinful for a initial half lap, generally with a cooler ambient temperatures today. It’s tough to get feverishness in a tires, generally a rears. So, we go into spin one and you’re prepared to go, a fronts are prepared to go, though a rears aren’t prepared yet. So, it took a small bit, though we got by it for a many partial on a initial lap. It was a good day for Hyundai and good follow-up to yesterday with Michael’s second-place finish.”

Despite his retirement from Sunday’s event, Lewis still available a quickest competition path for a second uninterrupted TCR competition with a one minute, 54.604 seconds for an normal speed of 102.71 miles per hour, over a full mile per hour faster than his best Saturday race speed.

“We had a good automobile currently and we was looking to my second win of a season,” pronounced Lewis. “But we had a problem in a lead and that is a beating for us. we suspicion we had a automobile to win with a Hyundai i30 N TCR. But, if we couldn’t win, we am blissful it was Mark. I’m really happy for my BHA Hyundai teammate to win a competition today.”

The Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian group now prepares for Pirelli World Challenge TCR Round 5 and 6 set for Memorial Day weekend during Lime Rock Park in Connecticut May 25-26. Of course, BHA will be bustling on May 27 at a Indianapolis Motor Speedway when Marco Andretti drives a No. 98 in a 102nd Indy 500.

 
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