ALTON, Va. – Veteran driver Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Fla., paced the GTS SprintX opening practice Friday at VIRginia International Raceway in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport.
Lewis, driving the No. 74 74 Ranch Resort Mercedes-AMG GT4 with teammate Gar Robinson, recorded a best lap of one minute, 54.658 seconds for an average speed of 102.67 miles per hour to lead the 28-car morning practice at the popular 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIR road circuit.
Trailing Lewis in the Pro-Am class Friday was Porsche star Gabriele Piana of Switzerland in the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR with a 1:54.665 (102.66 m.p.h.) and Andy Pilgrim of Bowling Green, Kent., in No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet56.864 (100 Camaro GT4.R with a 1:54.777 (102.56 m.p.h.).
The leading Am class runner Friday morning at VIR was longtime sports car star Kris Wilson in the No. 62 KPR/Premiere Copier McLaren 570S with a 1:55.260 (102.13 m.p.h.). Wilson, teaming with veteran Mark Klenin this weekend, was fourth overall in the GTS SprintX division.
Second in the Am category was Henry Schmitt of San Francisco, Calif., in the No. 88 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 at 1:55.873 (101.59 m.p.h.) with GTS qualifying track record holder Jeff Courtney of Milwaukee, Wis., third in the No. 99 JCR Motorsports Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4 at 1:56.864 (100.73 m.p.h.).
The top seven positions in GTS SprintX practice were seven different auto makes including Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, Chevrolet, McLaren, Panoz, BMW and Ford.
The second GTS SprintX practice round Friday at VIR is set for 2:05 p.m. EDT.