Honda’s Ryan Eversley Takes Civic Type-R Car to Fastest TCR Friday at VIR in Pirelli World Challenge GP of VIRginia
Honda, Audi, Hyundai, Alfa Romeo, VW all in the Top 8 Friday
ALTON, Va. – Popular Ryan Eversley of Atlanta, Ga., put the all-new Honda Civic Type-R TCR machine at the top of the practice session timing charts Friday afternoon at VIRginia International Raceway in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport featuring Rounds 3 and 4 of the new TCR division.
Eversley, driving the No. 43 RealTime Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR, recorded a strong one minute, 56.580 seconds at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road circuit for an average speed of 100.97 miles per hour in the debut of the new international class at the VIR racing facility.
“Everything was fantastic,” said smiling Eversley. “I was talking to George (Harmon) from HPD about how much I love driving this new Civic Type R. It’s so fun, it’s on rails, it has so much cornering ability. Then you come to VIR and there’s straightaways but those esses are no joke. This thing is flat all the way through them and stuck to the ground. It’s enjoyable to drive something this well-prepared and this well-equipped at a track like this. It’s been a very good day for us.
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow. We were really fast at practice at COTA and then a couple of cars decided to really show what they had. I think that will happen again Saturday, but we won’t be bad. Even if we don’t have the straight-line speed, we’re flying through the esses so fast that it’s crazy. We’ll be in the hunt for sure.”
Canada’s Jerimy Daniel notched the second-best time Friday in the TCR group in his No. 2 The Racing Company Audi Sport RS3 LMS at 1:56.787 (100.79 m.p.h.) followed by Anthony Geraci of Glen Head, N.Y., in the No. 69 Heinlein Racing Development Audi RS3 LMS at 1:57.005 (100.61 m.p.h.).
The COTA double-winning Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai i30 N TCR pair of Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins round out the top-five in TCR Friday. Lewis, the Californian in the No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR, clocked a 1:57.140 (100.49 m.p.h.) for fourth with Wilkins, the Canadian in the No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 TCR, fifth at 1:57.171 (100.46 m.p.h.).
Leading the TCA division Friday at VIR was Bryan Ortiz of Puerto Rico in the No. 4 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX5 Cup at 2:09.232 (91.09 m.p.h.) followed by Travis Washay of Milford, Conn., in the No. 30 Indian Summer Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI at 2:09.407 (90.96 m.p.h.) and COTA race-winner Eric Powell of Orlando, Fla., in the No. 95 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS at 2:09.768 (90.71 m.p.h.).
Qualifying for the TCR and TCA classes is set for Saturday at 9:10 a.m. EDT with Round 3 of the TCR and TCA divisions scheduled for 2:40 p.m. EDT. Sunday’s TCR and TCA Round 4 event gets underway at 10:20 a.m. EDT.
ALTON, Va. – TCR and TCA 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, TCR,Ryan EVERSLEY,Atlanta, GA,USA,Honda Civic Type-R TCR,12,1:56.580,100.9
2,2, TCR,Jerimy DANIEL,Montreal, QC,CAN,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,13,1:56.787,100.7
3,3, TCR,Anthony GERACI,Glen Head, NY,USA,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,14,1:57.005,100.6
4,4, TCR,Michael LEWIS,Laguna Beach, CA,USA,Hyundai I30 N TCR,13,1:57.140,100.4
5,5, TCR,Mark WILKINS,Mulmur, Ontario,CAN,Hyundai I30 N TCR,13,1:57.171,100.4
6,6, TCR,Martin JENSEN,Copenhagen, DK,DNK,Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR,11,1:57.185,100.4
7,7, TCR,Matt FASSNACHT,Lancaster, PA,USA,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,12,1:57.271,100.3
8,8, TCR,Michael HURCZYN,Granby, CT,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,12,1:57.683,100.0
9,9, TCR,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,11,1:57.817,99.9
10,10, TCR,Nate VINCENT,Pomfret, CT,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,13,1:58.553,99.2
11,11, TCR,Jarett ANDRETTI,Indianapolis, IN,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,14,1:59.158,98.7
12,12, TCR,Dwight MERRIMAN,New York, NY,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,14,1:59.258,98.7
13,13, TCR,JT COUPAL,Bloomfield, NY,USA,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,12,2:00.353,97.8
14,14, TCR,Adam MERZON,Greenwich, CT,USA,Honda Civic Type-R TCR,14,2:00.434,97.7
15,1, TCA,Bryan ORTIZ,Bayamon, PR,PRI,Mazda Global Mx5 Cup,11,2:09.232,91.0
16,2, TCA,Travis WASHAY,Milford, CT,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI,12,2:09.407,90.9
17,3, TCA,Eric POWELL,Atlanta, GA,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,4,2:09.768,90.7
18,4, TCA,Kenny MURILLO,Santa Rosa, CA,USA,Mazda Global Mx5 Cup,11,2:09.899,90.6
19,5, TCA,Tom O’GORMAN,Mason, OH,USA,Honda Civic Si,6,2:10.133,90.4
20,6, TCA,P.J. GROENKE,Richmond Hill, ON,CAN,Subaru BRZ tS,7,2:10.484,90.2
21,7, TCA,Jeff SEXTON,Austin, TX,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,9,2:10.608,90.1
22,8, TCA,Breton WILLIAMS,Clinton, Iowa,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,11,2:10.986,89.8
23,9, TCA,Nelson CHAN,Richmond Hill, ON,CAN,MINI Cooper JCW,11,2:11.131,89.7
24,10, TCA,Moisey URETSKY,Yekaterinburg, RU,RUS,Mazda Global Mx5 Cup,12,2:11.258,89.6
25,11, TCA,Skip WOODY,Durham, NC,USA,Conda Civic Si,13,2:13.082,88.4
26,12, TCA,Jenny GANNETT,Steamboat Springs, CO,USA,Mazda Global Mx5 Cup,11,2:15.386,86.9
27,13, TCA,Spencer PATTERSON,Pittsburgh, PA,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,0, NS
28,14, TCA,Michel SALLENBACH,Roxton Pond, QC,CAN,MINI Cooper JCW,0,NS,,