Saturday morning dawned very chilly by the standards of Daytona Beach. However, that didn’t keep IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams from taking on the 3.56-mile circuit for their third session of the weekend. Similar to Friday’s sessions, the Mustangs were very fast. Unlike Friday, Trent Hindman‘s VOLT Racing Ford Mustang GT4 was on top when the session ended.
Hindman turned in a lap of 115.556 seconds (110.907 mph), three-tenths of a second off of Dillon Machavern‘s quick lap from Friday. Machavern was three-eighths of a second behind Hindman in second during the session. Chase Briscoe, driving the Multimatic Motorsports No. 22 Ford Mustang GT4, was third quickest, followed by KohR Motorsports’ Joey Atterbury. Andrew Davis in GMG Racing’s No. 14 Audi R8 LMS GT4 was fifth.
In TCR, C360R’s Pierre Kleinubing was once again the fastest man in town. Even though Pirelli World Challenge does not race at Daytona, having the experience with the Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport from a year of racing in Pirelli World Challenge’s TC class definitely seems to be paying dividends.
Kleinubing’s best lap was 120.137 seconds (106.678 mph), the fastest TCR lap of the weekend and good enough for 25th overall. Kleinubing’s lap was more than a second and a third faster than Murillo Racing’s Matthew Fassnacht. Rodrigo Sales was another half-second back in third.
In Street Tuner, Murillo Racing’s Tim Probert was quickest with a lap of 125.614 seconds (102.027 mph) in his Porsche Cayman. That lap was nearly six-tenths of a second faster than BimmerWorld Racing’s Nick Galante. Mat Pombo was third fastest in the No. 73 MINI.
Results of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Championship Roar Before the 24 Session No. 3
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams have one more on-track session on Saturday. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is scheduled to last for 45 minutes.
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Just give the TC trophy to Kleinubing’s team, or some other Audi team, and save the environment from wasting resources by racing. It’s a foregone conclusion that this series will be an Audi benefit this year. TCR is just heading down the wrong road, excluding totally one of the few venues left to cross over from amateur racing to a “pro” series. Now more than ever it’s about buying your way in rather than using ingenuity and talent to build a winning car. Just another class for the rich kids to play games with dad’s money in.