Veteran Nick Wittmer Takes the ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 To Fast Speed Friday in PWC GTS SprintX Practice at VIR
Wittmer easily bests GTS track record with cooler conditions
ALTON, Va. – Veteran racer Nick Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada was the quickest driver in the GTS SprintX practice rounds Friday at VIRginia International Raceway in preparation for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport.
Wittmer, one of three Wittmer brothers racing in North America, posted a blistering time in the No. 38 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road circuit Friday afternoon in cloudy, cool conditions with a best lap of one minute, 53.715 seconds (103.52 miles per hour), easily besting the existing track qualifying mark of 1:55.144 (102.23 m.p.h.) set last year by Jeff Courtney.
Wittmer, teaming with college student Samantha Tan of Toronto, won the pole for the GTS SprintX Round 2 race last month at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the 60-minute, two-driver event.
“Sam did most of the testing Thursday at VIR and we test up the BMW pretty well on Thursday,” said Wittmer. “We decided to make a qualifying run today with new sticker tires and, when I saw that time post on my dash, I knew we had good setup. Now, Sam will qualify the car Saturday morning for Saturday afternoon. I think our BMW is looking good right now. I’m anxious for the two GTS SprintX events this weekend.”
Endurance sports car star Colin Braun of Rock Hill, S.C., notched the second quickest time of the day in GTS SprintX with his No. 04 Crowdstrike/GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS at 1:53.770 (103.47 m.p.h.) followed by Christian Szymczak of Santa Rosa, Calif., in the No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 at 1:53.773 (103.46 m.p.h.), Kyle Marcelli of Midland, Ont., Canada, in the No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR at 1:53.857 (103.339 m.p.h.) and six-time 2017 GTS race winner Ian James of Paradise Valley, Ariz., in the No. 50 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT at 1:53.883 (103.36 m.p.h.).
In the GTS SprintX Am class, former TC series champion Toby Grahovec of Celina, Tex., took the top spot with a 1:54.645 (102.68 m.p.h.) in the No. 92 ClassicBMW.com BMW M4 GT4 followed by Jon Miller of Orange, Calif., in the No. 36 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 (Wittmer’s team car) at 1:54.703 (102.63 m.p.h.)
Qualifying for the GTS SprintX class is set for Saturday at 10:40 a.m. EDT with Round 3 of the GTS SprintX division scheduled for 3:40 p.m. EDT. Sunday’s GTS SprintX Round event gets underway at 1:50 p.m. EDT.
ALTON, Va. – GTS SprintX practice results from the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport Friday at VIRginia International Raceway.
Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, Pro/Am,ST Racing,,,BMW M4 GT4,23,1:53.715,103.5
2,2, Pro/Am,GMG Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,23,1:53.770,103.4
3,3, Pro/Am,Murillo Racing,,,Mercedes-AMG GT4,17,1:53.773,103.4
4,4, Pro/Am,Pfaff Motorsports,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,21,1:53.857,103.3
5,5, Pro/Am,Team Panoz Racing,,,Panoz Avezzano GT4,19,1:53.883,103.3
6,6, Pro/Am,GMG Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,23,1:53.992,103.2
7,7, Pro/Am,Volt Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,23,1:54.034,103.2
8,8, Pro/Am,Classic BMW,,,BMW M4 GT4,21,1:54.246,103.0
9,9, Pro/Am,Blackdog Racing,,,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,18,1:54.461,102.8
10,10, Pro/Am,Classic BMW,,,BMW M4 GT4,23,1:54.496,102.8
11,1, Am,Classic BMW,,,BMW M4 GT4,24,1:54.645,102.6
12,2, Am,ST Racing,,,BMW M4 GT4,14,1:54.703,102.6
13,11, Pro/Am,Caseit Racing by Flying Lizard,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,21,1:54.855,102.4
14,12, Pro/Am,Compass Racing,,,McLaren 570S GT4,12,1:54.896,102.4
15,13, Pro/Am,Robinson Racing,,,Mercedes-AMG GT4,22,1:55.013,102.3
16,14, Pro/Am,Muehlner Motorsports America,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,21,1:55.023,102.3
17,15, Pro/Am,Blackdog Racing,,,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,17,1:55.054,102.3
18,3, Am,Epic Motorsports,,,BMW M4 GT4,20,1:55.114,102.2
19,4, Am,Flying Lizard Motorsports,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,23,1:55.234,102.1
20,5, Am,Stephen Cameron Racing,,,BMW M4 GT4,16,1:55.310,102.0
21,16, Pro/Am,PF Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,19,1:55.534,101.8
22,6, Am,KPR,,,McLaren 570S GT4,22,1:55.542,101.8
23,7, Am,JCR Motorsports,,,Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4,9,1:55.808,101.6
24,17, Pro/Am,PF Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,23,1:55.882,101.5
25,18, Pro/Am,PF Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,23,1:55.923,101.5
26,19, Pro/Am,Racers Edge Motorsports,,,SIN R1,14, 1:56.039,101.4
27,20, Pro/Am,GMG Racing,,,McLaren 570S GT4,18,1:56.093,101.4
28,8, Am,Team Panoz Racing,,,Panoz Avezzano GT4,15,1:56.141,101.3
29,9, Am,NOLAsport,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 – CS-MR,23,1:56.319,101.2
30,10, Am,Ian Lacy Racing,,,Ginetta G55,18,1:56.669,100.9
31,11, Am,M1 GT Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,15,1:56.695,100.8
32,12, Am,JCR Motorsports,,,Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4,12,1:56.794,100.7
33,13, Am,Precision Driving,,,BMW M4 GT4,18,1:56.835,100.7
34,14, Am,Racers Edge Motorsports,,,SIN R1,18,1:56.939,100.6
35,15, Am,TRG,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,19,1:57.908,99.8
36,16, Am,Rearden Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,22,1:58.155,99.6
37,17, Am,Ian Lacy Racing,,,Ginetta G55,23,2:00.135,97.9