SprintX Round 5 Set for 1:20 p.m. EDT Saturday on fast 1.5-mile road circuit
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The pairing of Patrick Long and Marc Lieb led from pole position at the start of Friday’s SprintX race at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park, taking the victory in the 60-minute race in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R by a margin of 5.411 seconds.
The Long/Lieb duo was the fourth different team to win in SprintX this year with the Ferrari (Mancinelli/Montermini), Mercedes (Morad/Dalziel) and Cadillac (Cooper/ J. Taylor) earlier standing on the victory podium.
Long piloted the car for the first part of the race, but wasn’t able to escape a quick Spencer Pumpelly and his Magnus Racing Audi, who was right with Long for the opening stint after moving to second early in the running around Daniel Morad in No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes AMG GT3.
Long then turned driving duties over to co-driver Lieb toward the end of the pit window delta with roughly 25 minutes left while other contenders followed a similar strategy.
While Lieb exited the pits with Magnus Racing driver Dane Cameron right on his tail, he was able to pull a gap before a late caution came out to relieve the No. 3 Cadillac Racing entry of Ricky Taylor that was off in turn one following contact from another car.
Lieb controlled the restart with 11 minutes to go, extending his overall lead and taking the win for Wright Motorsports, who made it a double victory with a win in the GT Pro/Am division for the pairing of Michael Schein and Jan Heylen. Schein/Heylen took the win after a tight and competitive race with Autosport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 grouping of Ricardo Sanchez and Frank Montecalvo in the No. 75. Nissan GT-R GT3.
“This is some redemption after last week at CTMP with the second-place finish,” said Long, the 2011 PWC GT champion. “It feels reminiscent of last year when Michael and I won at CTMP with double wins. The race was everything you expect from Lime Rock. We play the patient game today as we looked for the proper holes. The race was pretty straight forward from the start. Spencer (Pumpelly) kept me honest through the traffic. It’s always good racing with Spencer. He is a class act. It’s been a great working with Marc and trying to convince him to come out of retirement. Now we look to repeat again on Sunday.”
“It’s difficult to come to a new series and you don’t do many races with the team,” said Lieb, who filled in for team regular Jörg Bergmeister who was racing in Europe this weekend. “It was good to do the test day on Tuesday here at Lime Rock and that helped me be ready for today’s race. It was great to work with the team, driver changes and the pace. Everything worked perfectly. I’m really happy to help out Patrick in the championship fight.”
“I was looking to get a clean start and look for a pass if it presented itself,” said Schein, a seven-time GTA winner in 2016. “I was able to run consistent laps and at the end you could see that the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R was a better car. Jan and I have known each other for awhile and the synergy has been there. With the race season split in half with Sprint and SprintX, every race is very important.”
“This race was decided to follow the other teams we were racing in the championship,” said Heylen, who won with Schein at VIR in Pro/Am. “Mike did a great job with the Porsche in the first half of the race. He left me in a great position when we made the driver change. I was able to get by the Nissan and the car was fun to drive. I am happy with the result and it helps us working towards the championship. It’s nice to work with Wright Motorsports. It’s a family setting.”
Top honors in the GT Am/Am division when to MOMO/NGT Motorsports and the Ferrari 458 GT3 piloted by Henrique Cisneros and Tyler McQuarrie.
In the GT Cup class, the Pro/Am win went to Alessandro Bressan and Yuki Harata after a solid run in the Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. GT Cup Am/Am first place hardware went to Joe Toussaint and Cory Friedman in the Autometrics Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
In GTS, the Case-it Racing drivers of Adam Merzon and Trent Hindman won in Pro/Am competition in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. In Am/Am for GTS, it was Chris Hall and Alan Brynjolfsson taking the victory for VOLT Racing in their Ford Mustang.
The SprintX weekend continues from Lime Rock Park with Saturday’s 60-minute race, scheduled for 1:20 p.m. EDT. All results are provisional until posted Final.
Results from SprintX Rd.5 competition at Lime Rock Park. All results are provisional until posted Final.
1,1, Pro/Pro, Long/Lieb,Wright Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,63,Running,1:00:46.304,
2,2, Pro/Pro, Pumpelly/Cameron, Magnus Racing,,Audi RS 8 LMS,63,Running,1:00:51.715,5.411
3,3, Pro/Pro, Barnicoat/Parente, K-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,63,Running,1:01:06.392,20.088
4,4, Pro/Pro, Cooper/J. Taylor, Cadillac Racing,,Cadillac ATS-V.R,63,Running,1:01:07.605,21.301
5,5, Pro/Pro, Eversley/Dyer, RealTime Racing,,Acura NSX GT3,63,Running,1:01:08.937,22.633
6,6, Pro/Pro, Morad/Dalziel, CRP Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,63,Running,1:01:12.220,25.915
7,7, Pro/Pro, Kox/Wilkins, RealTime Racing,,Acura NSX GT3,63,Running,1:01:12.780,26.475
8,8, Pro/Pro, Sellers/Kane, K-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,63,Running,1:01:24.100,37.796
9,9, Pro/Pro, Abril/Fong, Absolute Racing,,Bentley Continental GT3,62,Running,1:00:48.338,1 LAP
10,1, Pro/Am, Schein/Heylen, Wright Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,62,Running,1:00:50.146,1 LAP
11,2, Pro/Am, Montecalvo/Sanchez, Always Evolving/AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3,,Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3,62,Running,1:00:57.669,1 LAP
12,3, Pro/Am, Sofronas/Halliday, GMG Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,62,Running,1:01:07.055,1 LAP
13,4, Pro/Am, Pappas/ Bleekemolen, Black Swan Racing,,Mercedes AMG GT3,62,Running,1:01:13.453,1 LAP
14,5, Pro/Am, Luo/Couto, Absolute Racing,,Bentley Continental GT3,62,Running,1:01:14.229,1 LAP
15,6, Pro/Am,Potter/Davis, Magnus Racing,,Audi RS 8 LMS,62,Running,1:01:15.556,1 LAP
16,1, Am/Am, McQuarrie/Cisneros, MOMO/NGT Motorsports,,Ferrari 458 GT3,62,Running,1:01:30.689,1 LAP
17,7, Pro/Am, Calvert/Udell, Calvert Dynamics,,Porsche 911 GT3 R,61,Running,1:01:17.433,2 LAPS
18,2, Am/Am, Wilson/Regitz, TRG-AMR,,Aston Martin GT3,61,Running,1:01:23.725,2 LAPS
19,1, Pro/Am, Harata/Bressan, Dream Racing Motorsport,,Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo,60,Running,1:01:38.715,3 LAPS
20,2, Joiner/Lee, Pro/Am,Tool Racing,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,59,Running,1:01:36.912,4 LAPS
21,1, Am/Am, Friedman/Toussaint, Autometrics Motorsports,,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,58,Running,1:01:29.118,5 LAPS
22,3, Pro/Am, Radisic/Clos, Precision Driving,,Ferrari Challenge Evo,58,Running,1:01:41.248,5 LAPS
23,1, Pro/Am, Merzon/Hindman, Case-it Racing,,Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR,57,Running,1:01:05.844,6 LAPS
24,1, Am/Am, Hall/Brynjolfsson, VOLT Racing,,Ford Mustang,56,Running,1:01:44.620,7 LAPS
25,10, Pro/Pro,Manicelli/Schiro, TR3 Racing,,Ferrari 488 GT3,55,Not Running,54:13.737,8 LAPS
26,11, Pro/Pro, O’Connell/R. Taylor, Cadillac Racing,,Cadillac ATS-V.R,50,Running,1:01:37.798,13 LAPS
27,2, Am/Am, Balogh/Liefooghe, Stephen Cameron Racing,,BMW M3 E46,43,Not Running,47:40.989,20 LAPS
28,8, Pro/Am, Hedlund/Lewis, K-PAX Racing,,McLaren 650S GT3,39,Not Running,37:49.222,24 LAPS