Teenager Gottsacker Leads SIN CAR 1-2 Qualifying Performance Saturday in GTS SprintX at PIR
PORTLAND, Ore. – Teenager Harry Gottsacker of San Antonio, Tex., recorded his second GTS pole position of the season Saturday morning by driving his No. 69 Racers Edge SIN R1 GT4 to a new track record in the 58th Rose Cup Races featuring the Pirelli World Challenge presented by Honda Racing/HPD at Portland International Raceway.
Gottsacker, 18, navigated the 1.97-mile, 12-turn road circuit north of downtown Portland in one minute, 17.134 seconds at 91.9 miles per hour to best the 34-driver GTS SprintX field set for Saturday’s 4:40 p.m. PDT Round 7 60-minute sprint event.
Gottsacker, a recently awarded Eagle Scout, also claimed a pole earlier this year at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the England-based SIN R1 sports car.
Securing the other front row position for the Saturday afternoon feature was Gottsacker’s teammate Mark Pavan of Toronto, Ont., Canada in the No. 54 Racers Edge SIN R1 with a time of 1.17.317 (91.7 m.p.h.) followed by Brett Strom of Costa Mesa, Calif., in the No. 113 JET Environmental/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 at 1:17.322 (91.7. m.p.h.). Strom will co-drive with Daren Jorgensen of Austin, Tex., in the GTS SprintX race.
Veteran Scott Maxwell also of Toronto took his No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT to the outside of the second row with a 1:17.343 (91.6 m.p.h.) with the fifth position going to Matt Keegan of Santa Rosa, Calif., in the No. 50 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT4 at 1:17.407 (91.6 m.p.h.).
The sixth through tenth qualifying slots were taken by former PWC champion Andy Pilgrim in the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R at 1:17.488 (91.5 m.p.h.), Mortiz Kranz of Switzerland at 1:17.514 (91.4 m.p.h.) in the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR , Toby Grahovec of Celina, Tex., at 1:17.515 (91.4 m.p.h.) in the No. 92 ETF Global/CAO/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4, Mike Hedlund of Redwood City, Calif., at 1:17.632 (91.3 m.p.h.) in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS and Drew Staveley of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 at 1:17.719 (91.2 m.p.h.).
Saturday’s GTS SprintX Round 7 race can be viewed live at www.world-challenge.com and the Pirelli World Challenge YouTube page as well as audio feed broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channels 383/983).
Sunday’s GTS SprintX event will get underway at 11:55 a.m. PDT.