Michael Lewis Comes from Last to 2nd Saturday during VIR With Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai i30 N TCR car

Posted on 21. May, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

04/28/2018, Alton, VA

Mark Wilkins retires from Round 3 TCR competition after using 2nd Saturday


ALTON, Va. (April 28, 2018) – Young Michael Lewis put in a fantastic assign Saturday during Virginia International Raceway in his No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR automobile with a second place in a Round 3 40-minute Pirelli World Challenge TCR race.

The 26-year-old from Laguna Beach, Calif., was forced to start final in a 14-car TCR margin Saturday due to a subordinate emanate in a 20-minute session. But a friendly sports automobile star was a uncover on Saturday afternoon with a marvellous expostulate by a margin as good as environment a discerning competition lap. That discerning path gives Lewis a stick position for Sunday’s Round 4 TCR eventuality set for 10:20 a.m. EDT.

Mark Wilkins, also a COTA competition leader like Lewis, gathering to second for a infancy of a 40-minute eventuality in his No. 99 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR before experiencing a automatic emanate with only 4 laps remaining. The Canadian motorist had to settle for a 13th place in a TCR multiplication Saturday.

“Congratulations to Ryan Eversley who won Saturday TCR eventuality as he gathering a good race,” pronounced Lewis, a Cal State Fullerton college student. “Hats off to my teammate Mark Wilkins who gathering a extensive competition and challenged Ryan for a lead. We got held out in a subordinate eventuality and we had a unequivocally good automobile for a race. we was studious in a competition and worked my approach by a field. we didn’t wish to force anything and make a mistake. It’s overwhelming to be on a lectern (first, second and second) in my initial 3 TCR races. we had to conduct a tires currently and try to get tighten to Ryan and Mark. we feel badly for Mark since he was racing for a lead and had a problem. But we have both cars prepared to go in Sunday’s race.”

Lewis posted a quickest competition path of one minute, 55.861 seconds for an normal speed of 101.60 miles per hour and will start from a pole, while Wilkins will take a No. 2 starting container subsequent to Lewis after a 1:55.975 — 100.49 m.p.h. lap.

“I am carrying a lot of fun pushing a TCR automobile here during VIR,” pronounced Lewis. “This lane is so good for a motorist with a high speed and several corners. The Hyundai i30 N TCR automobile seems to adore a esses and many of a several corners here. You are full stifle by a esses with a Hyundai i30 N and that is so overwhelming to do as a driver.”

Lewis and Wilkins had an glorious knowledge with a throng and many Hyundai associates on palm this weekend during VIR.

“There were a lot of Hyundai people here currently and they are vehement about this TCR program,” pronounced Lewis. “To be honest, a throng was so good and unequivocally into the Hyundai cars, and Mark and we were means to accommodate a lot of people today. This new Hyundai i30 N module has many people meddlesome and vehement for the racing. It’s a good atmosphere. There is a lot of enthusiasm.”

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