UPDATED: 4/28/2018 13:00

Johan Schwartz Scores Pole Position in PWC TC Class Saturday at VIR in Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia

Kozarov and Nissan fails tech inspection after posting quickest

ALTON, Va. – Local driver Johan Schwartz captured the Touring Car pole position Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway after provisional pole winner Vesko Kozarov was disqualified in technical inspection in preparation for Saturday’s 40-minute sprint event in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport.

Kozarov’s No. 3 Reardon Racing Nissan 370Z TC Spec sedan was eliminated from qualifying after a technical infraction was discovered.

Saturday’s TC Round 3 race is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. EDT. The TC main events can be viewed live on www.world-challenge.com.

Local favorite Schwartz of Huntersville, N.C., was then awarded the pole position in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing/West Virginia University BMW M235iR with a time of 2:01.944 (96.53 m.p.h.).

Second went to Karl Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada in the No. 91 Classic BMW BMW M235iR at 2:02.146 (96.37 m.p.h.) followed by Jeff Ricca of Milford, Conn., in the No. 78 GenRacer Genesis Coupe at 2:02.253 (96.29 m.p.h.) and Matt Travis of The Woodlands, Tex., in the No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M235iR at 2:02.488 (96.10 m.p.h.).

ALTON, Va. – Touring Car qualifying results Saturday 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,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, ,Johan SCHWARTZ,Huntersville, NC,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,5,Not Running,2:01.944,96.5
2,2, ,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, QC,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,6,Not Running,2:02.146,96.3
3,3, ,Jeff RICCA,Milford, CT,USA,Genesis Coupe,4,Not Running,2:02.253,96.2
4,4, ,Matt TRAVIS,The Woodlands, TX,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,4,Not Running,2:02.488,96.1
5,5, ,Steve STREIMER,Portland, OR,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,8,Not Running,2:02.658,95.9
6,6, ,Robert NIMKOFF,Newtown, CT,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,4,Not Running,2:02.778,95.8
7,7, ,Paul TERRY,Filmore, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,8,Not Running,2:02.969,95.7
8,8, ,Jason STANLEY,Fayetteville, NC,USA,GenRacer,4,Not Running,2:03.135,95.6
9,9, ,Mark BRUMMOND,Charlotte, NC,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,7,Not Running,2:03.473,95.3
10,10, ,Sean QUINLAN,Palo Alto, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Not Running,2:03.478,95.3
11,11, ,Joshua FORAN,Odenville, AL,USA,Honda Civic Type R,9,Running,2:03.917,94.9
12,12, ,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,8,Running,2:04.667,94.4
13,13, ,CJ LETT,Wichita, KS,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:07.191,92.5
14,14, ,Steve BOTTOM,La Quinta, CA,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,0,NS,,
15,15, ,Vesko KOZAROV,Salt Lake City, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,0,EX,,