Bleekemolen Paces Pro/Am; Cisneros Tops Am/Am

GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli took the No. 31 TR3 Racing/The Collection Ferrari 488 GT3 sports car to the top spot Friday in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Round 1 practice at Utah Motorsports Campus in preparation of the Security National Mortgage Supercar Grand Prix of Utah.

Mancinelli, the VIR SprintX race winner and St. Pete polesitter, clocked a top time of one minute,
48.770 seconds for an average speed of 100.88 miles per hour on the 2.0348-mile, 14-turn UMC permanent road circuit to pace the Pro/Pro division which will include two 60-minute, two-driver events on Saturday and Sunday.

Teaming with Mancinelli this weekend is Niccolo Schiro also of Italy.

Second in the Pro/Pro class in Friday morning practice was Ryan Eversley of Atlanta, Ga., in the No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 at 1:49.070 (110.58 m.p.h.). Eversley is co-driving with Tom Dyer of Corte Madera, Calif. Third went to Ricky Taylor of Apopka, Fla., in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R., who team with four-time PWC GT series champion Johnny O’Connell of Flowery Branch, Ga. Taylor clicked off a lap of 1:49.160 (100.52 m.p.h.).

Rounding out the top-four in the Pro/Pro category Friday morning was reigning PWC GT champion Alvaro Parente of Portugal in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S at 1:49.250 (100.43 m.p.h.). Young Ben Barnicoat of England will co-drive this weekend with Parente.

Completing the top-five overall and leading the Pro/Am division is Jeroen Bleekemolen of Monaco at 1:49.404 (100.29 m.p.h.) in the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. Second in the Pro/Am was Mexico’s Ricardo Sanchez in the No. 75 Always Evolving/AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 at 1:49.454 (100.24 m.p.h.). Two-time Pro/Am pole winner Frankie Montecalvo of Highlands, N.J., will match up with Sanchez.

Henrique Cisneros of Miami, Fla., paced the Am/Am division Friday morning in his No. 30 MOMO/Safecraft Ferrari 458 GT3 at 1:52.268 (97.73 m.p.h.)

The next SprintX practice at Utah Motorsports Campus Friday is scheduled for 2:40 p.m. MDT.

Results from Practice Session 1 for the SprintX classes at the Pirelli World Challenge Security National Mortgage Supercar Grand Prix of Utah.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, Pro/Pro,TR3 Racing,,Ferrari 488 GT3,22,Not Running,1:48.770,100.8
2,2, Pro/Pro,RealTime Racing,,Acura NSX GT3,24,Not Running,1:49.090,100.5
3,3, Pro/Pro,Cadillac Racing,,Cadillac ATS-V.R,26,Running,1:49.160,100.5
4,4, Pro/Pro,K-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,26,Running,1:49.250,100.4
5,1, Pro/Am,Black Swan Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,26,Running,1:49.404,100.2
6,5, Pro/Pro,RealTime Racing,,Acura NSX GT3,24,Running,1:49.415,100.2
7,2, Pro/Am,Always Evolving/AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3,,Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3,23,Running,1:49.454,100.2
8,6, Pro/Pro,K-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,23,Running,1:49.504,100.2
9,7, Pro/Pro,Absolute Racing,,Bentley Continental GT3,24,Not Running,1:49.656,100.0
10,8, Pro/Pro,Cadillac Racing,,Cadillac ATS-V.R,22,Running,1:49.708,100.0
11,3, Pro/Am,GMG Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,26,Running,1:49.886,99.8
12,9, Pro/Pro,Wright Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,25,Running,1:49.949,99.7
13,4, Pro/Am,Calvert Dynamics,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,27,Running,1:50.055,99.7
14,10, Pro/Pro,CRP Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,22,Not Running,1:50.175,99.5
15,11, Pro/Pro,Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,24,Running,1:50.272,99.5
16,12, Pro/Pro,Magnus Racing,,Audi RS 8 LMS,23,Not Running,1:50.324,99.4
17,5, Pro/Am,Absolute Racing,,Bentley Continental GT3,24,Running,1:50.379,99.4
18,6, Pro/Am,Magnus Racing,,Audi RS 8 LMS,26,Not Running,1:50.444,99.3
19,7, Pro/Am,DXDT Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,26,Not Running,1:50.700,99.1
20,8, Pro/Am,Wright Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,23,Running,1:50.827,99.0
21,1, Am/Am,MOMO/NGT Motorsports,,Ferrari 458 GT3,19,Not Running,1:52.268,97.7
22,2, Am/Am,R. Ferri Motorsports,,Ferrari 458 GT3,24,Running,1:52.903,97.1
23,1, Pro/Am,Tech Speed Autosport,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,25,Running,1:54.574,95.7
24,2, Pro/Am,Dream Racing Motorsport,,Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo,24,Not Running,1:55.723,94.8
25,9, Pro/Am,M1GT Racing,,Audi R8 LMS Ultra,26,Running,1:55.959,94.6
26,10, Pro/Am,DXDT Racing,,Lamborghini LP620-2,24,Not Running,1:56.568,94.1
27,3, Pro/Am,Tool Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,22,Not Running,1:56.798,93.9
28,1, Am/Am,Autometrics Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,24,Running,1:57.024,93.7
29,1, Am/Am,Stephen Cameron Racing,,BMW M3 E46,19,Running,2:00.567,91.0
30,2, Am/Am,NOLAsport,,NOLAsport,21,Not Running,2:01.093,90.6
31,3, Am/Am,TRG-AMR,,Aston Martin Vantage GT4,25,Running,2:03.947,88.5
32,1, Pro/Am,Case-it Racing,,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,3,Not Running,,
33,11, Pro/Am,Dream Racing Motorsport,,Lamborghini Huracan GT3,0,NS,,
34,4, Am/Am,Case-it Racing,,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,0,NS,,