Ian James put his Panoz Avezzano on the top spot to claim the team’s third Pirelli World Challenge GTS win in Race 2 at Mid-Ohio. James took over the lead of the race at the half-way point and held on to capture the win for Round 12, 1.917 seconds ahead of second place Lawson Aschenbach.
Aschenbach started from the pole position and developed a lead of over a second before James began to real the Camaro GT4.R in. James hounded the Camaro for a few laps before diving to the inside and taking the lead at the 25 minute mark. The battle between the two new-for-2017 cars saw each claim a win throughout the weekend.
Yesterday’s Race 1 pole-sitter Harry Gottsacker made an impressive move on Ernie Francis Jr in his Ginetta G55. The pass gave the third step on the podium to Gottsacker ahead of the best battle for position in the race.
The two Ginettas of Gottsacker and Parker Chase tag-teamed Francis Jr’s Ford Mustang GT4 for some of the best action the entire race. Gottsacker’s move around Francis Jr allowed Chase to close the gap in a battle for fourth to the checkered flag. Chase’s Ginetta had the advantage through the twisting final segment of the circuit, but a gutsy move to the outside on the final corner saw Francis Jr take the position with two wheels into the grass. Chase was relegated to fifth place.
Tony Gaples took the win in GTS Am, a comeback that will be welcomed by the team after a retirement in Race 1. His Camaro held off a hard charging Bob Michaelian in the SIN R1 GT4 through the 50-minute sprint. Jason Bell ensured two SIN R1’s on the Am podium after finishing 12th overall.
Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS Championship returns to the race track in a couple of week’s time at Utah Motorsports Campus. The headlining event will include the return os the SprintX format and Sprint Rounds 13 and 14 for the GTS category August 11-13.