TOOELE, Utah – Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, Ont. was fastest in GTS practice at Miller Motorsports Park at the Ford Grand Prix presented by VP Racing Fuels. Wilkins ran a fast lap of 1:57.473 in the No. 38 Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing PutOnTheBrakes.Org Kia Optima to lead the session over Jack Baldwin of Marietta, GA.
Early in the session it was Wilkin’s teammate Ben Clucas, of Northampton, England who went fastest with a lap of 1:58.822, driving the No. 36 Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing PutOnTheBrakes.Org Kia Optima.
Then the fastest time went to Baldwin, who bested Clucas by six tenths to turn in a lap of 1:58.174. Baldwin, driving the No. 73 GTSport Racing Umphrey’s McGee Porsche Cayman S had the fastest lap for the middle part of the 30-minute practice session before Wilkins and his No. 38 Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing PutOnTheBrakes.Org Kia set the quickest time, which is under the current GTS qualifying record.
Clucas would end up third overall, just four hundredths of a second ahead of Michael Cooper of Syosset, N.Y. driving the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
Dean Martin of Westland, MI, driving the No. 50 Rehagen Racing/Picture Cars East Ford Mustang Boss 302 was fifth fastest overall and currently sits third in the Championship standings.
Of note, Championship points leaders and teammates Andrew Rezzetano and Kurt Rezzetano were 11th and 12th respectively in their pair of Phoenix American Motorsports/Calvert Dynamics/Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 entries.
GTS drivers next take to the Miller track at 1:20 p.m. Mountain for another 30-minute practice session. Follow live timing and scoring at http://worldchallenge.growsites.net/