Spencer Pumpelly and Dane Cameron survived first lap chaos to take the win in Race 2 at Lime Rock Park for the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship. The duo piloted the No. 4 Magnus Audi R8 LMS from the outside of row one to win the sixth round of Sprint X competition with a revised lineup as regular-season driver, Pierre Kaffer, participates in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
The duo started on the outside of the front row behind the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Patrick Long. A slow start for the Porsche packed the field together with GT3 machines going four-wide before entering Turn 1. Daniel Mancinelli in the TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 made contact with the right rear of the Porsche, turning it straight into the wall in the inside of the entrance to Turn 1. The incident, reminiscent of Long’s 2016 incident with James Davison at Circuit of the Americas, caused race-ending damage to the GT points leader’s Porsche. (COTA 2016)
The No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R of Jordan Taylor led the field to the green and held the position until the first round of pit stops. With the pit window opening at 25 minutes into the race, the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Mark Wilkins was the first to opt for the driver change.
Cameron knew he had the car to beat if his Audi could find a way past the Cadillac. Opting to pit the lap after the Cadillac, the Magnus Audi executed a perfect in lap and driver change to leap-frog the No. 8 Cadillac.
Though lapped-traffic made for an interesting dice to the finish, Spencer Pumpelly held onto the lead gained from the quick work in pit lane to capture the team’s first Pirelli World Challenge overall win ahead of Taylor and Michael Cooper in the N0. 8 Cadillac. Pumpelly subsequently celebrating by offering free donuts to the fans.
Ben Barnicoat and Alvaro Parent completed the podium in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S.
Michael Schein and Jan Heylen completed the sweep in the Pro/Am Class for the weekend. Their Wright Motorsports Porsche was followed by Tim Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 and the duo of Andre Couto and Yufeng Luo in the Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3. Adam Merzon and Trent Hindman took the GTS win in the Case-It Racing Porsche Cayman.
The next round of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship is set for June 23 – 25 at Road America, supporting the Verizon IndyCar Series at the KOHLER Grand Prix. Road America will play host to Rounds 9 and 10 of of the GTS Championship and Rounds 4 and 5 for the GT Sprint class. Tickets for the event can be found here.