Flying Lizard’s Rodrigo Baptista Takes Porsche to GTS Pole Saturday at Utah Motorsports Campus
Spanish Driver Notches 1st PWC Pole in 1st Appearance at the track
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Spain’s Rodrigo Baptista made an impressive debut at Utah Motorsports Campus Saturday when he drove his No. 3 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR sports car to his first Pirelli World Challenge pole position for Saturday’s GTS Round 13 50-minute sprint event in the Security National Mortgage Supercar Grand Prix of Utah.
Baptista, a double race winner this year at Lime Rock Park, hadn’t seen the 3.048-mile, 14-turn road circuit until Thursday testing session but quickly adapted to the high-speed road course with a pole time of one minute, 58.492 seconds for and average speed of 92.60 miles per hour in the 17-car field.
Local star Drew Staveley of Salt Lake City posted the second quickest GTS class time Saturday Friday at Utah in the No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 with a very close 1:58.510 (92.58 m.p.h.) followed by Martin Barkey of Huntsville, Ont., Can., at 1:58.572 (92.45 m.p.h.) in fourth in the No. 80 Mantella Autosports KTM X-Bow GT4.
Rounding out the top-five in GTS qualifying was 17-year-old Nate Stacy of Owasso, Okla., in the No. 14 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR at 1:59.022 (92.19 m.p.h.) and PWC veteran Jeff Courtney of Milwaukee, Wis., with a 1:59.121 (92.11 m.p.h.) in the No. 99 RecStuff.com/KENDA Maserati GT4.
“It was really nice,” said Baptista. “We are working on the car, and it’s much better than yesterday. I’m happy because this is my first pole in the United States, and my first pole with Flying Lizard. We’ll see how the race goes. I’ll push hard from the start and hope to create a gap on the field.”
The top GTS Am class qualifier Saturday was Keith Jensen of Puerto Rico, who drove his No. 47 NOLAsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR machine with a 1:59.302 (91.97 m.p.h.) followed by GTS Am point leader George Kurtz of Paradise Valley, Ariz., at 1:59.787 (91.60 m.p.h.) in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/GMG McLaren 570S and Jason Bell of Tampa, Fla., at 1.59.820 (91.57 m.p.h.) in the No. 2 Racer’s Edge SIN CAR 1 GT4.
Round 13 of the PWC GTS campaign will get underway at 3:10 p.m. MDT.
Saturday’s qualifying session results for the GTS division presented by Case-It at Utah Motorsports Campus as part of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah presented by Security National Mortgage. Results are provisional until posted Final.
Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, Pro,Rodrigo BAPTISTA,Barcelona, Spain,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,6,Not Running,1:58.492,92.6
2,2, Pro,Drew STAVELY,Salt Lake City, UT,Ginetta G55,8,Running,1:58.510,92.5
3,3, Pro,Martin BARKEY,Huntsville, ON,KTM Xbow GT4,3,Not Running,1:58.572,92.5
4,4, Pro,Nate STACY,Tulsa, OK,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,6,Not Running,1:59.022,92.1
5,5, Pro,Jeff COURTNEY,Milwaukee, WI,Maserati GT4,8,Not Running,1:59.121,92.1
6,1, Am,Keith JENSEN,Dorado, Puerto Rico,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,6,Not Running,1:59.302,91.9
7,6, Pro,Ian JAMES,Paradise Valley, AZ,Panoz Avezzano GT,5,Not Running,1:59.610,91.7
8,2, Am,George KURTZ,Paradise Valley, AZ,McLaren 570S GT4,8,Not Running,1:59.787,91.6
9,3, Am,Jason BELL,Tampa, FL,SIN R1 GT4,9,Running,1:59.820,91.5
10,7, Pro,Lawson ASCHENBACH,Palm Beach Gardens, FL,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,6,Not Running,2:00.213,91.2
11,4, Am,Carter YEUNG,Los Angeles, CA,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,6,Not Running,2:00.662,90.9
12,5, Am,Frank GANNETT,Steamboat Springs, CO,Ginetta G55,8,Running,2:00.670,90.9
13,6, Am,Chris BEAUFAIT,Freeland, WA,SIN R1 GT4,10,Running,2:00.737,90.8
14,7, Am,Mark KLENIN,Lone Tree, CO,McLaren 570S GT4,7,Not Running,2:01.053,90.6
15,8, Am,Jason ALEXANDRIDIS,,Aston Martin Vantage GT4,10,Not Running,2:02.249,89.7
16,9, Am,Adam MERZON,Greenwich, CT,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,11,Running,2:02.356,89.6
17,10, Am,Tony GAPLES,Libertyville, IL,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,6,Not Running,2:02.511,89.5
18,11, Am,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M3 E46,0,NS,,