TeamTGM’s No. 46 Mercedes-AMG GT4 shared by Hugh Plumb and Owen Trinkler topped the two primary IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge practice sessions Friday (July 20) at Lime Rock Park. Trinkler’s lap of 96.547 mph) in Practice No. 2 was the fastest time of the morning.
Practice No. 1
Hugh Plumb’s quick lap of 95.910 mph came right at the very end of the session. For the vast majority of the session, VOLT Racing’s Trent Hindman was fastest in his Ford Mustang GT4. Hindman’s lap was ultimately two-hundredths of a second slower than Plumb in second. Rennsport One’s Spencer Pumpelly was third quickest in his Porsche, followed by Stevan McAleer in the Bodymotion Porsche. KohR Motorsports’ Kyle Marcelli in the No. 60 Ford was fifth.
In TCR, JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was quickest in his Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport with a lap at 94.962 mph, good enough for 11th overall. The extra downforce on the TCR cars came into play repeatedly over the course of the day. Simpson’s time was nearly a quarter of a second faster than eEuroparts.com Racing’s Tom O’Gorman in second. Compass Racing’s Pierre Kleinubing was third, followed by Brett Strom in the new Strom Motorsports Audi. Kuno Wittmer in the No. 74 Compass Racing Audi was fifth.
Street Tuner saw BimmerWorld Racing’s Devin Jones was fastest with a lap at 89.784 mph, good enough for 31st overall. That time was nearly a half-second faster than MINI JCW Team’s Derek Jones. Mat Pombo in the No. 73 MINI was third.
Practice No. 2
Unlike in Practice No. 1, Trinkler’s chart-topping lap in his Mercedes came very early in the session. The remaining 20 Grand Sport teams had plenty of chances to knock it off the top, but were unable to do so.
That said, they did get close. Trinkler’s lap was ultimately only six-hundredths of a second quicker than Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s Damien Faulkner in another Mercedes. Multimatic Motorsports’ Chad McCumbee was third fastest in his Ford Mustang GT4, followed by CarBahn Motorsports’ Jeff Westphal in the sole Audi R8 LMS GT4. Pumpelly was fifth quickest.
O’Gorman put his Audi on top of the TCR chart with a lap at 94.977 mph, a lap good enough for 13th overall. The lap was nearly six-tenths of a second faster than Compass Racing’s Britt Casey Jr. Roadshagger Racing’s Jonathan Morley was third quickest in the No. 61 Audi, followed by Wittmer. RS Werkes Racing’s Mikey Taylor was fifth quickest.
MINI JCW Team’s Mark Pombo was fastest in ST with a lap at 89.281 mph. The lap, which came in 29th overall, was three-hundredths of a second faster than BimmerWorld Racing’s Nick Galante. Mat Pombo was third quickest in his MINI.
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