Nick Wittmer Leads GTS SprintX Practice Rounds Friday in PWC Grand Prix of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus
BMW M4 Driver Tops 33-car GTS field in triple digit heat
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Canada’s Nick Wittmer of Montreal dodged the brutal triple digit heat Friday with a strong morning practice run to lead the GTS SprintX practice rounds at Utah Motorsports Campus as part of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah.
Driving the No. 38 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 with co-driver Samantha Tan, Wittmer immediately jumped to the top of the timing in the cooler conditions Friday morning and posted the best lap of the day before the 100-degree air temperatures hit the racing surface. Wittmer drove the 3.048-mile, 14-turn outer UMC road circuit in one minute, 59.051 seconds for an average speed of 92.16 miles per hour to lead the 33-car field in the practice for Saturday’s Round 9 60-minute, two-driver event.
In the afternoon GTS SprintX session with track temps at 131 degrees, Scott Maxwell of the Toronto piloted his No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 to the best lap of 1:59.895 at 91.52 m.p.h.
“We knew the heat was going to come in around the late morning and early afternoon, so I went out and posted a quick lap early in the morning session,” said Wittmer, a veteran of the UMC road course. “I have raced here many times over the years and I wanted to give Samantha some time on the track. So, I drove hard immediately and the time was a good one. Now, we have to prepare for Saturday and Sunday’s 60-minute races in the hotter conditions. I think this track is a good one for the new BMW M4 GT4.”
Second overall in GTS SprintX time sheets Friday was Greg Liefooghe of San Francisco, Calif., in the No. 88 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 with a 1:59.151 (92.09 m.p.h.) followed by Maxwell at 1:59.292 (91.98 m.p.h.), Paul Holton of Orlando, Fla., in the No. 78 Compass Racing McLaren 570S at 1:59.418 (91.88 m.p.h.) and Brett Strom of Costa Mesa, Calif. in the No. 113 Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 at 1:59.487 (91.83 mph).
The Am division was led by Liefooghe, second overall who is co-driving with Henry Schmitt, and Strom, co-driving with Daren Jorgensen. Third in the GTS SprintX Am class Friday was Jon Miller of Orange, Calif., in the sister car to Wittmer’s, the No. 36 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 with co-driver Aurora Straus at 2.00.113 (91.35 m.p.h.).
Saturday’s GTS SprintX action gets underway with 20-minute qualifying session at 9:10 a.m. MDT and the Round 9 60-minute, two-driver event at 2:50 p.m. MDT. Sunday’s Round 10 race, to determine the season champions in the GTS SprintX classes, begins at 11:00 a.m. MDT. All races will be livestreamed at World-Challenge.com and audio simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.