For Park Place Motorsports, they will have a big decision to make once they get back to their shop. Which car should they race in the BMW Endurance Challenge? The No. 7 was fastest overall on Saturday (Jan. 5) in the hands of Trent Hindman. In the No. 77 on Sunday, Hindman went even faster.
Session No. 5
Sunday morning saw Hindman turn in the fastest lap of the entire Roar for Michelin Pilot Challenge teams. Hindman’s lap of 112.894 mph was just over one-hundredth of a second faster than The Racers Group’s Dillon Machavern. Rennsport One’s Jan Heylen was third, followed by eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing’s Kenton Koch in his Audi. BimmerWorld Racing’s James Clay was fifth.
Nolasport’s Matt Travis was sixth fastest, then Automatic Racing’s Kris Wilson in the previous generation Aston Martin Vantage GT4. CarBahn Motorsports’ Tyler McQuarrie was eighth, while Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s Christian Hohenadel and Murillo Racing’s Jeff Mosing were ninth and 10th.
TCR saw eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing’s Lee Carpentier top the charts with a lap at 106.575 mph, good enough for 31st overall. His lap was three-tenths of a second faster than JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson. Atlanta Speedwerks’ Brian Henderson was third, then Russell McDonough in the second eEuroparts Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport. HART’s Chad Gilsinger was fifth.
Session No. 6
In the final session of the test, Hindman was once again quickest overall, this time with a lap at 112.336 mph. That lap was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than KohR Motorsports’ Nate Stacy in a Ford Mustang GT4. Machavern was third quickest, followed by Hohenadel and Travis.
Rebel Rock Racing’s Robin Liddell took his Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to sixth on the chart, while Devin Jones was seventh in his BMW. Mosing was eighth, while Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s Russell Ward was ninth. Rod Randall in KohR Motorsports’ No. 59 Ford was 10th.
Roadshagger Racing’s Jon Morley turned in the fastest TCR lap of the entire weekend to top the final session. The lap of 106.889 mph was the only TCR lap of the weekend to take under two minutes. Morley’s lap was 1.25 seconds faster than Henderson’s Honda and Kieron O’Rourke‘s Audi. Ryan Nash was fourth in the No. 12 eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi, while KMW Motorsports’ Tim Lewis Jr. was fifth in his Alfa Romeo. Only 30 of the 40 teams took time in the final session.
For the weekend overall, the new Porsche Cayman GT4 MR was the story in Daytona. The top five fastest drivers and six of the top 10 were driving the new Caymans.
Michelin Pilot Challenge teams will return to Daytona in a couple of weeks for their season opener. Frontstretch will be there to bring you all the action.
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