GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Title contender Karl Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada led the Touring Car practice runs Friday at Utah Motorsports Campus in searing heat in the warmup for the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah doubleheader weekend.

Wittmer, currently second in the TC points with his No. 91 Classic BMW BMW M235iR sedan, paced the morning practice round with the day’s best lap of two minutes, 5.199 seconds for an average speed of 87.64 miles per hour on the 3.048-mile, 14-turn outer circuit at the Utahacing facility southwest of Salt Lake City.

In the afternoon heat (air temps at 100 and track temps at 131 degrees), Wittmer was second to Sean Quinlan in the No. 19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M235iR but the competitors were nearly 1.5 seconds off the morning pace.

Second overall Friday in the TC practice rounds was former TCB series champion Johan Schwartz in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing/West Virginia University BMW M235iR at 2:05.322 (87.55 mph) followed by TC season point leader Vesko Kozarov in the No. 3 Rearden Racing Nissan 370Z TC Spec at 2:05.413 (87.49 mph), Matt Travis in the No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M235iR at 2:06.15 (86.98 mph) and Jayson Clunie in the No. 27 Classic BMW BMW M235iR at 2:06.366 (86.65 mph).

Action in the Touring Car category on Saturday begins with qualifying at 8:35 a.m. MDT at UMC and the Round 9 40-minute sprint feature set for 1:55 p.m. MDT.

Sunday’s Round 10 race feature opens the PWC on-track action for the day at 9:00 a.m. MDT. All races will be livestreamed at World-Challenge.com with audio simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.